Clay County Councilman Chip Hoskins, a Democrat, is running for re-election in the upcoming Primary election after his first term in office.
"The reason why I'm running again is because I've become real familiar with what it means to be a county councilman," he said. "I want to make sure taxpayers are getting what their taxes are paying for."
Hoskins first ran for County Council At-Large four years ago because he was interested in how county tax dollars were being spent.
"I wanted to know why some programs were being funded and others weren't," he said. "Now, I would say I've got a better understanding of what the county government is about."
Hoskins said he believes everything the current county council does is in the best interest of the people of Clay County.
"Everything we've done has been for the people of Clay County," he said. "In the end, I want to make sure that's what we're reaching for."
As a lifelong resident of Clay County, Hoskins said he sees the need for maintaining county roads.
"The big push right now is to get the county roads going," he said. "I know everyone is up in arms about the condition the county roads are in, and we need to do something about it. We need to come up with more money, but there are so many restrictions through the state that don't allow us to do certain things. We need to come up with other ways to get money, so we don't lose what we already have."
Hoskins is married with three children and has worked as a foreman in the Drive Freight Plant at Great Dane Trailers, Brazil, for 35 years.
"I'm familiar with my role in the county now, and I want to try and keep things rolling," Hoskins said.