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Wilkinson eager to begin road partnership

Friday, February 24, 2012

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Lifelong resident Mike Wilkinson, a Democrat, is running for Commissioner District 2 in the upcoming Primary election.

"A lot of people in the district approached me to run," he said. "I had declined it several times, but I decided if there was anything I could do to help I would try."

Wilkinson's goal if he's elected is to start a partnership with county farmers to help maintain the county roads.

"One of my priorities are the county roads, which are not my roads but our roads," he said.

Wilkinson said he would also like to see more efficient use of the funds for county highway, as well as more ditching to improve the roads.

"I just want to try and improve Clay County as a whole," Wilkinson said.

For the last seven years, Wilkinson has worked as project coordinator for Sycamore Trails RC & D Abandoned Mine Land Program in nine counties.

"I have worked with the commissioners of those counties along with the SWCDs and the Indiana Department of Reclamation to help landowners turn abandoned mine property into attractive sites and/or productive farmland," he said.

The program reclaims deteriorating sites where coal-mining operations caused damage years ago, but have been declared abandoned because no one is legally responsible to reclaim the land. Wilkinson has been working to correct water quality, erosion and subsidence problems.

Before the project, Wilkinson worked at Operating Engineers, Local 841 for more than 40 years.

Wilkinson, who has been married for 42 years and has one son, said, "I want to see the county work together as a whole to improve conditions in the county. I believe I have the qualifications and common sense to improve conditions throughout the county."