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December 07th, 2021

gop meeting janethNewly elected Liberal City Commissioner Janeth Vazquez speaks at last Thursday’s meeting of the Seward County Republican Party. L&T photo/Robert PierceROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

 

One of Liberal’s newest city commissioners spoke at the recent meeting of the Seward County Republican Party.

Janeth Vazquez told the audience in the Administration Building she wants to be transparent and provide communication as a commissioner.

“I want to make it easy for the community to understand what we’re doing,” she said.

Vazquez said she too wants to make sure taxpayers understand the decisions the commission makes.

“For me, transparency is very important,” she said.

Vazquez said this is something she learned while working as a journalist for a Wichita TV station.

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“I hope to partner with the newspaper, with the local radio stations,” she said. “We also have television out of Sublette. I’m hoping to be able to do updates to keep you guys updated. I do use social media almost daily, so if you have Facebook, Instagram or any of those platforms, you can follow me through there. I’ll do a lot of information through there as well.”

Another passion Vazquez has is helping small businesses.

“I truly feel they’re the heart of our community,” she said.

In this vein, Vazquez said knowing what business owners need is key.

“I can’t tell you what the needs of our business owners are just yet,” she said. “I talked to a lot of them as I was campaigning, but I would like to continue those communications to see what the needs are and to be able to help them to the best of my ability.”

Vazquez said the need for transparency extends to the city’s finances.

“I’m hoping to go through the budget and be able to explain it to you in a very simplified manner to where you understand and at all times be transparent with what’s happening to make you guys know and feel comfortable with the decisions we are taking as a commission,” she said.

 

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