Q & A with North Platte Mayor candidate Andrew Lee

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 11:46 AM CDT
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Below is our Q & A with North Platte Mayor candidate Andrew Lee. We did not edit the candidate's responses.
What's the first thing you would do to enhance North Platte's profile in attracting economic development?

The quickest ans first thing to change is our image. It's far past time to re-brand North Platte based on the changes we expect to come. A good energy and a new image that were more than just a rail road town is essential.

What kind of business/industry would you pursue? How?

I'm after two things...more higher paying jobs and to refill our retail.

What kind of role should the Mayor have in finding new businesses for the city?

Keep working on our product (the city) that we send out to people. Also, when needed be the ambassador. Plus, always always keep your eyes and ears open.

What kind of priorities or funding would you give Downtown's new Canteen District?

I think I have an extensive voting record on this one. Really I see it as the place where locals go for food, shopping, and entertainment.

What would be your plans for a new Rec Center and enhancing recreational facilities and trails?

Costs seem to show that a new one and remodel are around the same. I'd look for a new facility as it can be tailored to what we want and expect.

How are you going to build team and implement your vision for a better North Platte with a new city administrator, city attorney and city engineer?

Conversations. Everyone has to be on the same page. Luckily I know several of the department heads already. If we don't see eye to eye we move along no harm no foul.

What is your position on the expiring Quality Growth Fund and if it should be renewed in terms of economic development?

Needs to be renewed and the only project I see coming up is my housing remodel project.

What do you think the city's role should be in the operation or retention of the Iron Eagle Golf Course?

Find a buyer. It can not survive under the umbrella of the city. Get it out from city control.

Do you support the actions taken by local government officials to combat the spread of COVID-19? What, if any, changes would you propose?

I don't support the handling of all the power going to the health district. As for closing or not closing you listen to the experts and advisers and take all the information you have and make the best decisions you can.

How will you support the economy now and after social distancing requirements end?

We need to keep our small businesses alive right now. Then when this is over be more aggressive in showcasing our adaptability in North Platte so we can recruit new employers and entrepreneurs to town.

Why should North Platte voters choose you as Mayor? What separates you from the other candidates?

I have the knowledge and experience to implement things from day 1. I don't need training wheels and can work with the council to see opportunities where we can work on issues and prioritize projects. I also want to keep a large contingent of normal regular everyday people involved in local issues so we have new and fresh ideas always coming in.

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