Thorne wants more public discourse, feedback

After two terms on Duncan city council, Joe Thorne wants voters to give him a third.

"I’m hoping for one more opportunity to sit on city council," said Thorne, who is running for both Duncan council and the school board. "I love it. The passion has been phenomenal, and I really want to continue. We’ve come so far with so many things, but there’s so much more to do."

There are projects that haven’t yet come to fruition that Thorne hopes to help see through.

"We’re on track," he said. "I’d like to see things happen now."

Thorne doesn’t just want to focus on the city of Duncan; he thinks the city should look beyond the city limits at things like the environment, water, and agriculture.

"In the beginning, I said I wanted to build bridges," Thorne said. "We’ve built the bridges, and now we have to cross."

Thorne would like to see more discourse with the public, especially in the lead-up to things like annual budgets. Feedback, he said, always seems to come in the aftermath of big decisions.

Thorne had major health issues in his last term, including a battle with bone cancer, that caused him to miss several council meetings. All of that is over now, he said.

"I did make all the major meetings I was required to attend," Thorne said. "I’ve done my due diligence."