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Sedgwick County commissioner Tim Norton says he is anxious to continue working on some key issues facing the county in the next four years. Norton was re-elected to the District 2 commission seat in Tuesday's general election, gathering 55 percent of the vote to defeat Republican challenger Ben Sauceda.
Norton told KFDI news that the county budget will continue to be an issue going into 2013. He said commissioners and staff were able to cut over $8 million to eliminate a projected deficit for 2013, but there will be more work to do.
Norton also wants to continue working on alternative corrections programs to limit the growth of the county jail population. He and other commissioners have also voiced support for a "mental health pod" in the county jail to separate inmates with mental illness from the general population.
Norton said jobs and economic development will continue to be important goals. He said the county needs to look to moving forward with workforce training and development, and partnering with emerging industries to develop new job opportunities.