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  • Locke running for commission to offer new perspective

  • Chase Locke hopes to take the potential he sees in El Dorado and build on that if elected to the El Dorado City Commission.
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  • Chase Locke hopes to take the potential he sees in El Dorado and build on that if elected to the El Dorado City Commission.
    He filed for the Position 1 seat, running against Shane Krause.
    "I spent the past 4 1/2 years working for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment," Locke said. "I was headed toward the direction of moving to Nashville."
    But after giving that some thought, he decided he wanted to stay in the El Dorado community.
    "I see so much potential in our community," Locke said.
    He sees a great quality of life in El Dorado and hopes to continue building on that.
    He also wants to build on all of the hard work that has already been done in the community.
    "I'm very excited about the potential in our community," Locke said.
    Some of the projects Locke supports includes the spray parks, sports complex and other quality of life features. He also wants to continue to build upon what has been done at Prairie Trails.
    "I think downtown El Dorado is such a beautiful downtown, but pieces are missing to make it a destination place for people," he said.
    He wants to work to fill in those gaps to attract people from Wichita to come over to eat and shop.
    "Qualify of life for everyone in the entire community," he said of what was important. "With happiness in a community comes business and everything that follows that."
    He also supports the one-cent sales tax and the property tax reduction it allows for, as well as the other projects it funds, including streets and items throughout the community.
    Another issue Locke is interested in learning more about is the sale of water. He said he was curious to see the research the city has done on it, but would want to make sure there was always enough water for El Dorado, as well as enough water so as not to negatively impact recreation at El Dorado Lake.
    Locke said coming from a ranching family, he knows the importance of water, especially in a drought.
    He now works with his family in their business Locke Grass and Cattle, as well as continuing to do contract work in the entertainment business.
    Locke is looking forward to learning more about the things going on in the community and coming up in the future.
    "I think it is time to let my generation in and give some input and get creative," Locke, who is 24, said. "I want to see my generation get more involved in every aspect of the community."
    He is involved with El Dorado Main Street and serves on the AseraCare Hospice board.
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