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Allender's top priority is to improve county roads

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Bryan Allender (R), Brazil, is running for commissioner, District 1, in the upcoming election.

Allender has worked as an operator for a local trucking company for the last 12 years. Because of the nature of his job, Allender drives all the roads in the county, and he said he has knowledge of what roads need the most work. His main reason for running in the election is because he feels he could improve the roads.

"I figured I could help improve our roads," Allender said. "Roads are the number one reason why I'm running -- roads and bridges."

Allender said he has experience building roads and parking lots for a living, as well as doing ditching work. Growing up, Allender spent time fabricating things such as horse trailers. He feels that experience could help him with the commissioner position.

"I have more know," he said. "I get around the county more, because I drive through the whole county, and I also do people's driveways."

If elected, Allender, who has lived in Clay County for the past 39 years, said his main goal would be to work on the roads in each district, repaving a little each time.

"We need to stop coal-patching the roads," he said. "Coal-patching only lasts two to three years. I think we're wasting our money on it. We need to put something down that we can justify spending our money on."

Allender said he would want a plan with the county highway superintendent for the roads. If elected, Allender wants to see a three-year goal plan for the wheel tax money, stating what the money would be used for each year.

"We need to get roads back to where they need to be," Allender said.

Allender has been married for 12 years and has one son.

The 2012 election is Tuesday, Nov. 6.