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Helping taxpayers the top issue for county candidates

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Candidates hopeful to win positions on the county level fielded questions from potential voters at the Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Wednesday night.

With a short amount of time allotted, not all of the candidates had an opportunity to voice their opinion on county matters.

However, when they had a chance to introduce themselves, all of the candidates were in favor of fixing the roads and helping the taxpayers of Clay County.

"It doesn't matter what aspect of the county you talk about," Jack Withers, candidate for Clay County Commissioner, District 2, said. "People have been taxed to the gut full and the roads are the worst I have ever seen in my life."

District 1 Commissioner candidate Robert Thomas provided an idea for fixing the roads.

"We need more ditches along the side of roads so water doesn't stand in the road," he said. "We must fill the holes because when it freezes and thaws, the roads get worse."

One concern of those in attendance regarded the amount of training needed to be a coroner. In the past, the coroner did not need specialized training, but the deputy coroners did.

"As of Jan. 1 the laws have changed because of the mix up of students from Taylor University," Clay County Coroner candidate Joel Reinhoel said. "Coroners must now have taken a 40-hour class to receive certification and have about six months after they are elected to complete it, along with their deputies."

Another big concern from residents was the potential of candidates, who had left positions in the past, to serve their complete term.

"I give my word to serve the entire term," Clay County Recorder candidate Joe Dierdorf said in regards to when he left the position in 2002 to serve as County Auditor with two years left on his term as Recorder.

Withers was caucused in as Commissioner last year following the passing of David Parr, leaving his position as Treasurer early, but ensured he would be a Commissioner through the end of the term.

"I am 71 years old and about at the end of the trail," he said. "I was approached by many people to put my name in the caucus and I intend to serve the whole term if I am elected."

The 2008 Primary Election will be Tuesday, May 6.

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I hope people read, listen, and get information they need when they head to the polls on May 6. There are a lot of seats in our county up for grabs. We need strong and able leadership.

-- Posted by madmom61 on Thu, Apr 17, 2008, at 10:12 AM

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