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March 18, 2014

Nelson meets with supporters Monday

Steve Olafson
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — By Steve Olafson

The Duncan Banner

There’s a simple reason Duncan City Councilman Mike Nelson doesn’t have re-election signs stuck in the front yards of the 2nd Ward this campaign season.

When he announced he planned to seek a second term, he made note that he didn’t plan to buy any re-election signage.

He didn’t have an opponent when he made that comment, and even though two men decided to file for office after his no-campaign-signs remark, he felt obligated to stick with his strategy, he said Monday at a campaign reception at the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“I live by my word,” said Nelson, a dentist who served five years on the Duncan Planning Commission before his election to council. “If I tell you something, it’s going to happen. So there’s no signs. In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have said that.”

His supporters don’t think shunning campaign signage will have any appreciable effect.

“I don’t think the ones who are aware of the candidates and what they stand for it’s going to matter,” said Rick Rodgers, who was among the visitors to Nelson’s reception.

Nelson is opposed by Chris Schreckengost, the district manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Bill Schneekloth, a retired industrial plant general manager.

Neither are natives of Duncan, which Nelson considers an advantage.

“You live in a town 60 years, you build relationships,” he explained.

Nelson noted that both opponents called him before filing for office to say they were thinking about entering the race.

“I encouraged them to run. That’s what makes America great. You can throw your hat in there and give the people a choice,” he said.

“I’m just excited that three people thought enough about  Duncan that they’ll go ahead and run. If you look at the City Council meetings, it’s usually just us up there — the City Council — city staff and the reporters. That’s it.”

The election is April 1.

Besides the 2nd Ward council race, voters also will cast ballots on whether to extend for another five years a half-cent sales tax that is spent on economic development.

Unlike previous years, the Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation will split the tax proceeds with the City of Duncan if voters approve continuation of the tax.

The city plans to use the funds to develop its water infrastructure and fix city streets if voters say yes to the half-penny sales tax.