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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Preisinger files for another term on City Commission

  • Mark Preisinger said serving on the Leavenworth City Commission is a way of giving back to the community.
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    • Fast facts
      Name: Mark Preisinger
      Running for: Leavenworth City Commission
      Age: 61
      Occupation: President of a product development and manufacturing company
      Political experience: Elected to one term...
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      Fast facts
      Name: Mark Preisinger

      Running for: Leavenworth City Commission

      Age: 61

      Occupation: President of a product development and manufacturing company

      Political experience: Elected to one term on the Leavenworth City Commission and two terms to Leavenworth Board of Education
  • Mark Preisinger said serving on the Leavenworth City Commission is a way of giving back to the community.
    And after four years on the commission, he's asking voters to elect him to another term.
    Preisinger, 61, is one of three incumbents seeking re-election to the City Commission.
    There will be three seats on the City Commission up for election this year. The general election will be April 2.
    The filing deadline for candidates was noon Tuesday. Six people filed for the at-large seats on the Leavenworth City Commission. The other incumbents who filed are Davis Moulden and Phil Urban. The remaining candidates are Keith J. Melick, Charles Raney Jr. and Lisa Weakley. Weakley previously served on the commission.
    Two City Commission candidates will be elected to four-year terms. Another candidate will be elected to a two-year term.
    Preisinger has been on the City Commission for four years. He served one of those years as mayor.
    Each year, the five commissioners choose one of their own to serve as mayor.
    Preisinger said he enjoys being involved in the decision making process for the city.
    "I think my record speaks for itself," he said. "We're on TV every week."
    The city airs commission meetings on local cable channel 2, which is a government access channel.
    "I'm proud of my record," Preisinger said.
    He feels his votes have been in the best interest of the city. And he said there have been tough votes at times.
    Preisinger feels he has good knowledge of how decisions are made at the local government level and experience working closely with other elected officials.
    He said budget constraints is a major concern for the city.
    Over the last few years, the city has seen a declining tax base as overall property values have decreased. The city has had to tighten its budget quite a bit, he said.
    Preisinger said city officials have seen some positives including progress on a hotel project at Fourth Street and Metropolitan Avenue and the Stove Factory Lofts project at the former Tire Town complex in downtown Leavenworth.
    Preisinger previously served eight years on the Leavenworth Board of Education. For three of those years, he served as president of the board.
    Last year, he made an unsuccessful run for the Kansas House of Representatives.
    Preisinger served six years in the Army.
    He is the president of Mark 8 Global Source, a product development and manufacturing company.

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