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Dwight men aim to bring fresh perspective to District 7

October 18, 2018 GMT

Two neighbors are squaring off against one another for the Butler County Board of Supervisors District 7 seat during this year’s general election.

Republican Anthony Whitmore and Democratic candidate Irvin Cidlik, both of Dwight, are the two candidates represented on this election’s ballot.

District 7 encompasses the southern portion of Butler County and includes the residents of Dwight, Loma, Surprise and Ulysses. David Potter currently holds the seat but announced he would not run for re-election this year after accepting an assistant manager job for the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District.

Cidlik, 76, served on the board for 16 years before losing to David Potter in 2014’s primary election by two votes. The retired farmer/mailman and father of five was born and raised in Butler County. He is now running to reclaim his former seat on the board.

“I’ve been around the county all my life and I know the county inside and out,” Cidlik said. “In my past time, I really enjoyed it (serving on the board), and with my experience, I can help the county to be a better place.”

Whitmore, 31, grew up in the village of Western and has lived in Butler County for the past four years. He formerly worked as a drug recognition officer and sergeant for the Butler County Sheriff’s Office. This will be his first time running for the board.

“I’m definitely not running to say yes to everything and make people (on the board) happy,” he said. “I feel like I’ve got some new ideas and direction.”

Cidlik said his experience includes serving on the East Butler Public School Board of Education for eight years. His main concerns are with managing the county budget. He said there is room for adjustment.

“You don’t cut them, you control them, control the taxes and the spending of the county,” he said about the county budget. “I think it’s gotten (out of) whack in a couple of places.”

Whitmore worked in law enforcement for 10 years and is currently a federal background investigator. The main reason he said he decided to run was because of what he believes to be overreach from the board that needs to be addressed. He said he also feels some areas of District 7 have been neglected and wants to work on improving the county’s roads.

“Overreach (from the board) seems to be the biggest issue with people at the moment,” Whitmore said.

He said he wants to be “somebody who takes care of the whole district, and not just certain areas.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.