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8/19/2012 6:00:00 AM
13 hopefuls eye new District 4 supervisor seat
Candidates respond to questions from Miner

The new District 4 supervisor seat isn't lacking for candidates, with nine Republicans, a Democrat and three Independents in the race.

All but two Independents responded to the Miner's request for responses to two questions, which read as follows:

Question 1: Please state, in detail, a specific policy, program or law you would prioritize and work to implement in your first year in office, and explain the importance of achieving that goal.

Question 2: Media access to county officials and county information has been severely restricted, with Public Information Director Darryle Purcell serving as the conduit. What will you do to ensure that the new county manager has an open door policy regarding access to, for example, Financial Services Director John Timko during budget preparations?

Bob Boyd, R

Question 1:
Taking a close look at the County's spending is a major concern after talking to the people of my District. Although I will be only one supervisor, I will push to get an outside independent auditor to perform a forensic audit of the county's general fund. I will place this item on the agenda, and ask for immediate approval. This will clearly show us where are money is being spent giving us a greater understanding of our future direction.

During a forensic audit, outside professionals compile and assess financial data that is used to view our past spending, give us a picture of where we are today while showing us how to best allocate money for the future. The auditors rely on the principals of law, business, ethics and general accountancy.

Once this is accomplished, any money spent by the board and or county manager must be made more visible to the citizens of our county.

Question 2: The supervisors need to oversee the new county manger's conducting of daily business.

As a board of supervisors, we can work with the media to serve as a conduit to all of our communities in our county openly communicating the boards business.

Joy Brotherton, R

Question 1:
My first priority is to involve the people in the governing process. It goes without saying that I would vote to institute the Call to the Public for the very first Board of Supervisors meeting after being sworn into office. I will have town hall meetings in the areas of my district at a time when most residents can attend. I am concerned with the people's needs, including our employees, so establishing an honest dialogue and developing rapport with all citizens of Mohave County is paramount to our future.

My key focus will be on Mohave County government becoming a productive county and not a dysfunctional one, one that attracts economic development and an improved labor force. That will involve streamlining regulations, relaxing zoning restrictions and improving the ability of the various departments to respond to the needs of the building community. In short, the county would be a friend, not a foe of business and builders. These accomplishments start with citizens who develop renewed confidence that their elected officials are really working for them. This will begin with a genuine and concerted effort by the county leadership to have a "customer-service" and not a "bureaucrat-subject" mindset.

Question 2: If the county leaders are honest and working for the people, they should have no hesitation granting media interviews. The debates would be on policies and not procedures. The county officials are employed by the people and the people should be able to access their representatives and employees anytime. We don't need a gatekeeper, rather someone to be a conduit to county officials. The public information officer would serve that goal and encourage lines of communication between the press and the administration. No one should ever be unwilling to speak to the press. The county manager will have an open door policy, and will establish it countywide. The board of supervisors will verify the county manager or administrator understands that they work for the people, under the direction of the board of supervisors.

That would be best exemplified in the budget process. The county should restore an open workshop process, with all the pertinent information available to the public, and conduct at least one meeting in the evening. It would be completely transparent and all parties would be able to address department heads and elected officials with questions.

Curtis Cutshaw, R

Question 1:
I find it difficult to choose only one. District 4 encompasses a large area with several diverse communities. Each one has their own issues, concerns and needs. I would implement a traveling town hall which would rotate on a regular basis so that the residents of each community could voice their concerns and needs without having to travel. This gives every citizen a voice.

Economic development is also a priority. Contracting businesses that have shown interest in locating here would be one of the first things I would do. The restrictions and red tape placed on existing businesses as well as new industry need to be evaluated. We need to become a more business friendly county so that positive growth becomes a reality, not just in District 4 but in all of Mohave County because we are all in this together.

Question 2: I believe in government transparency. Lack of communication creates animosity. So many times this could be avoided by a simple explanation of how and why certain decisions are made. There will be times that information cannot legally be made public (as an example, issues regarding employees when individual rights would be compromised.) In general, I feel that information should be made available not only to the media but to the citizens.

Mervin Fried, R

Question 1:
Why does one have to implement new policies, programs, or laws when one gets elected to office? I feel that it is the duty of a representative of the public to keep government from enacting too many rules and regulations that make it difficult to live and conduct business.

Since the county has seen fit to, at this time, convict me of a crime and brand me a law breaker, perhaps that's exactly what I should be. I should be a law breaker, a county supervisor who removes and discards laws, ordinances, rules and regulations. Maybe laws that stifle business from coming to our community, ordinances that prohibit children from having lemonade stands or bake sales, rules that violate rights and intimidate citizens participation in government, and regulations that are so onerous and burdensome on businesses that are located in Mohave County, that they seek to move elsewhere.

As a candidate for county supervisor, I feel it will be my duty to protect the rights and sovereignty of the citizens from the encroachment of government power. I want to be the citizens representative in government, not a representative of government.

One of the first items I will put on the agenda is the elimination of the position of public information officer for Mohave County. I do not believe that this position is necessary as all documents and information should be readily available for anyone who wishes to review and analyze it. The press is the eyes and ears of our community and should have access to all documents and information. Many rely on the media to inform them timely and accurately of proceedings that are going on in our government at many levels.

Question 2: As for an open door policy from the new county manager, are we sure we are getting one? I agree with an open door policy, but has the county started advertising for a new manger? Have they sought resumes from candidates for the position? Are they only seeking "in house" candidates? Please remember, when Mr. Walker renewed his contract for only one year, there was a lot of uproar about his tenure with the county. Perhaps Mr. Walker only renewed his contract for one year to avoid any further uproar at the time and will now seek to lengthen his gauche contract as county manager. How many out there trust what Mr. Walker says?

Earl Hamlyn, R

All five supervisors working together for the good of the people of Mohave County is my top priority. It is imperative that the representatives of Mohave County put aside their own personal agendas and move forward in the same direction. My years of experience as chairman of the Mohave County Planning and Zoning Commission have shown me that, in working together, no problem is unsolvable and great things can be accomplished. Everyone knows what happens to a house that is divided. Under the guidance of five united supervisors, Mohave County will prosper and by working with the cities in the county, all will benefit.

I will stand strong for my district, the people who elect me, ensuring my constituents are treated fairly and receive equal representation. There are a number of issues that need immediate attention. We will solve each one of them, one at a time, together!

The five supervisors need to regain the respect and trust of the citizens of Mohave County. It is impossible for us to move ahead as a county if the supervisors cannot work together for the betterment of the folks they represent and Mohave County.

Question 2: All county business is and should be open to the public. Generally, the only information from which the public can be restricted would be certain information in personnel files and executive sessions. Government entities have public information directors to ensure open lines of communication between the public, media and internal departments. The public information director should act as a dynamic, positive representative of the entity represented, not as a watchdog, protecting government employees from media and the public. The public information director should act as an advocate for the media, public and internal departments to inform and expedite answers to questions; helping to clarify which department can help solve a problem or provide answers to questions.

There will never be a closed door policy with me. I do not like secrets. The public pays taxes to support the county and they want to know and have every right to know how their tax dollars are being spent.

When the public feels that they are being told the truth about the business of the county then, and only then, will this county begin to move forward in a positive manner.

Robert Lane, R

Question 1:
Tax policy.

Single family home owner, my priority! Implement laws to protect wealth, living standards, dignity and dreams. Prop 13 has laws we need, but not all.

Laws we need:

1. Land and home to be fixed as one entity.

2. Property value and tax rate to be fixed at 1 percent.

3. Improvements to be exempt from property value taxes.

Seniors, low income, disabled vets, keep status. Our balanced budget will not be on backs of the home owners.

This helps families to budget, while saving them hundreds on property tax!

This also helps home sales.

New companies are concerned for their employee housing and living conditions!

This small change in taxes will lead to many areas and entities. I am old school with ethics and earn my keep. No selling words, no secrets, no good old boys here! I will show honesty and pride, thank you!

Question 2: Citizen Advisory Panel. The media and this panel will have direct access to the county public information director, or else! Want to know who started the $5 million building? The media, does. Who makes up all the different rules, regulations, codes, etc. - give me names! The media will have my full support. The call to the public will have support through the panel and media in organizing statements and questions to the correct person or office with a time and place for answers. If I am elected, the media will be so busy in District 4 with the Health Department, zoning Department, Road Department and open storage codes, in the middle of no where, with grandfather clauses needed.

Jack Pozenel, R

Question 1:
An open door policy for the public is vital and healthy. The taxpayers need to feel welcomed in their buildings and that they have the ability to input in the processes and procedures that govern them. They need to know who their representation is on an ongoing basis. I am someone who is willing to be proactive and reach out to them before they get frustrated. Someone they will know through regular outreach instead expecting them to come to me. We can't fix potential or actual problems if we don't know or won't listen to what the needs are. This also translates into the Economic Development of our county in such a competitive market. Almost every other town, city and county across our nation is fighting for economic growth and development. We need to stand out above and beyond them by showing strong leadership that works for the people they serve. Sound business decisions are made through cooperative input and ideas. We have a great county with many great resources but until we are willing to show those businesses and industries that we are willing to work together they will continue to look elsewhere.

Question 2: When there is already suspicion and continual unanswered questions, denying access and publicly belittling citizens only continues the downward spiral of distrust and frustration. Taxes come from the hard-earned money of citizens and businesses and they have the right to request, question and receive timely information and answers. The lack of transparency is a disservice to our communities. The following quotes come directly from the County website: "One of the most important functions of the County Manager is to serve as a bridge of communication between the public, the various elected officials and the Board of Supervisors"; and "The County Manager is appointed by the Board of Supervisors and serves at the pleasure of the Board." I will work to ensure that the individual who is selected fully understands and is willing to comply with throughout the term of their employment both of these statements before they are offered the position.

Ted Roper, R

Question 1:
As a new supervisor, my priority would be economic development. A healthy local economy will stabilize our tax base. The Board of Supervisors should fully support the economic development group in securing new business opportunities for Mohave County.

Mohave County excels in the following areas: logistics and transportation, manufacturing, energy, and health care. The two major issues keeping new business from coming to Mohave County are: 1) A lack of facilities that meet the needs of the new company. Typically companies prefer to lease rather than build. 2) An absence of a readily available statements detailing the demographics and capabilities of our workforce. We must be able to quickly convince interested prospects that our labor pool is sufficient.

I would like the county to move away from the bureaucratic permitting process we have now and move toward a partnering relationship with new prospects. Mohave County is land-rich, and we need to explore all options available to use the land to bring in new business. We should also survey our existing business to determine how our economic development group can assist in their retention and expansion.

Question 2: The Board hires a county manager to be responsible for the day to day operation of the county. One of the most important functions of this position is to serve as a bridge of communication between the public and the Board of Supervisors.

The new, five-member Board of Supervisors will need to insure that the person selected as county manager will not only be a leader, but also an excellent communicator who listens to the public, the cities, as well as the media, and responds to concerns and questions from a position of customer service. The new board and manager should review the current media-relations policy and insure that, at all times, the appropriate information is properly released to the public and the media in a timely fashion.

Rick Sherwood, R

Question 1:
The first priority of the 2013 Board should be restoration of public confidence. There should never be a question as to who the BOS or county administration and staff serve, as we all serve at the will of the public. The people have spoken loud and clear. We must reinstate the call to the public. We need to address the costly security system, which promotes an unfriendly reception. These issues should be addressed on our first BOS agenda.

Our budget must be addressed. We have to look at how to best serve the public and how staff can facilitate that need. Mohave County has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. We have to promote the quality of life that attracts the younger generation to remain in our county and the ability to prosper by creating jobs. The loss (leakage) of our labor force to other counties and states has to be addressed. The state has created the Arizona Commerce Authority. We need to position ourselves to grasp the opportunities they provide. If we encourage needed industrial development as supported by our General Plan, we will position ourselves to reduce the residential tax burden while promoting County services.

Question 2: The underlying premise to this question is, do we need a county manager? Our population doesn't seem to warrant this position and eliminating it would certainly ease the burden of the taxpayer. An alternative would be a strong clerk of the board with the interpersonal skills, knowledge, and authority by the BOS to relay the intent of the board and the county protocols to the press and to the public. The BOS must speak with one voice. The press absolutely needs access to the clerk of the board in order to do its job and the public needs to be reassured that their concerns are being heard. Clearly, these interactions are not happening today. Having a clerk of the board with these skills would eliminate the need for a public information director. Should the BOS determine that a county manager is in the best interest of the county, the skills required for employment include public relations, requiring only one person skilled in addressing the concerns of the public while relaying county issues to the press or others.

Norty Turchen, D

Question 1:
It is difficult to prioritize one item in my first year in office, as there are so many issues, such as budget restraint, review of permit and building fees, water problems, and the usual political promises that you will hear and read about. However, one issue that is most important to me is communication and representation. What is meant by this is to allow the residents in District 4 to be made aware of what is on the up and coming meeting, and allow them to speak at this meeting. I will have a part time office in one of the rural areas where I will be able to take a survey on the issue and present the results to the BOS. Please understand that I am one of you and that your voice is my voice. I will always be available to you.

Question 2: As far as open door policies, I have worked under a city manager form of government in the past, and I would like to use these principles. To have the BOS interview the candidate for Mohave County manager and have him enforce the Freedom of Information's Act, with the exception of executive sessions by the BOS. Have the candidate and the BOS investigate if the public information director is needed, and to make sure the open door policy is adhered to. Let's not make it sound like we are hiding something. And, finally, have all workshops and committee meetings open to the public.

Independents will not be on Primary ballot. They will be listed on the November ballot.

Liz Albright, I

Question 1:
Why create another law or policy and procedures when we already have enough laws? These laws, policies and procedures should be enforced equally and not be enforced based on a person's position or status in life, as guaranteed under the constitution.

For example: The recent prosecution of a citizen of Mohave County for wearing a derogatory T-shirt to a board of supervisor meeting. Or the non-prosecution of the assistant to the county manager for allegedly violating Arizona Revised State Statues in regards of county employees having personnel contracts with the county.

Another example - the recent firing of a Mohave County employee for the alleged violation of Mohave County Merit Rules in regards to political activities on county time, and the non-firing of a Mohave County employee, the public information director, for the alleged use of Mohave County resources to investigate an individual who is supporting the opposition of a current board of supervisor. This violates the Mohave County Merit Rules of political activity on county time and using county funds.

I will put an end to the discriminatory use of the merit rules, policies and procedures and criminal offenses and see that they are enforced the same and equally, which is guaranteed under our constitution.

Question 2: Return the call to the public. This falls under the public information. The citizens of Mohave County have the right to ask the board of supervisors anything they want. The supervisors should be accountable to the citizens of Mohave County.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the county should not be hiding information from the citizens and taxpayers of Mohave County. The more transparent and forthcoming you are with the public. Then the citizens of Mohave County will view the county administration with a more favorable opinion. I will ensure that the media has access to all information requested, as long as the information is not in conflict with county, state and federal laws.

James Clark - I

The Miner did not receive a response from Clark before deadline.

John Ford - I

The Miner did not receive a response from Ford before deadline.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Lane

@ Moderately Independent
I held a meet and greet in July ,and a group of really concerned people that have been told to loose the road dept. phone # ! They also informed me that a few of them are contractors and one has a gravel pit in golden valley called OSROC !
If I am elected all new drafting of areas would be drawn up and sub contractors would be used to make sure the needs of the people get meet .
As it stands now, the people you have mentioned just want us to loose their # ! I will not quit. for I live on a dirt road and it does get a quick grade every 6 months while roads much less traveled and only a half mile away gets done every month, sockwell is our bos and no one has seen him in years so we want our money back that we paid him for nothing ,and I mean nothing but taxes going up ,smaller contractors would be such a blessing and there is ample contractors wanting these contracts in the areas of concern .

Posted: Monday, August 27, 2012
Article comment by: real honor

Because of the word ( AND ) being put in by mistake , sure brings out the rudeness of words .Anyone with common sence knows that he was talking about a fixed property tax , and at the 2012 or 2013 VALUE ! Gee,the politicians would never again be able to steal from the home owner again ! Did you read in the Havasu news herald where Buster Johnson saw the light and now is pushing for a prop 13 ??????
Go ROBERT LANE ,we will vote for our family and not our so called friends , friend .

Posted: Sunday, August 26, 2012
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

@ Robert Lane

So, if I understand correctly you are saying that the County is going to repair and maintain Smoketree Road by using independent contractors?

If this is so where did you get this information and do you know a timeline as to when they are going to begin doing this?

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: V Stokes

Well...I'm not in this area...and can't affect the outcome....but I would hope people would at least vote for someone who can spell and compose a letter correctly.

Maybe verbal communication is their forte....but they will have to be reading a lot of I would think that's important?

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: long time mohave couty resident

Look, the bottom line is this. Any canidate thats real wants to take on the burden of such a position, will for obvious reasons, tell us what they think is in our best interest. But the facts are this, who ever wins is in for long hours, public scrutiny, pain staking work and never ending issues from one side or another. In my view, the caditate that wins will need to be someone who is prepard to work many, many hours a week. Not be affraid to travel around the county he represents and whos energy will not falter. Without a doubt the one cadidate running with just the right amount of energy, passion and Knowedge for mohave county is Curtis Cutshaw!!!

Posted: Friday, August 24, 2012
Article comment by: Liberty or Tyranny

Earl Hamlyn thinks public input, specifically the Call to the Public is a "privilege", like a tyrant would. Gary Watson asked Sherwood to resign as soon as Gary knew that Sherwood was running for office, like a tyrant would.

Rick Sherwood presented an initiative to the P&Z Commission to bring back the Call to the Public in their meetings like a freedom fighter would. He had to resign from the tyrant pressure before it could be voted on.

Liberty or Tyranny, freedom or more of the same, you decide!

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Lane

To the moderately Independent
Smoketree rood area is one of 8 areas to be sub contracted out to a local contractors with smaller equipt. than the big tractors of the city. I was given this idea from a group of people with bob cats or tractors south of hwy.68 and estrella.Also 2 areas S. of 68, 3 areas N. of 68 and 1 in cloride and 1 in W .Kingman .Dolan springs and Meadview areas will be taken up when I get back to Nancy LOUS pass the word . Vote for your family, not your friends , friend ! Thankyou Robert Lane

Posted: Thursday, August 23, 2012
Article comment by: Moderately Independent

The person I may consider voting for on Tuesday is the one who can reinstitute the repair and maintenance of Smoketree Road in SoHi as the county had done years ago.

Our previous supervisor, Buster Johnson was worthless regarding the issue, Tom Sockwell just passed it off to Steve Latoski and he wasn't any help at all. Nothing but the runaround from these three.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Amoreena Smith

It's funny because I see only a few people who actually realized that most of our candidates Failed to answer the questions, you can beat around the bush all you want but only one person put it clear cut in our faces with a simple plan laid out point by point, and that was Mr. Lane. Some people may think because he works for the county he is tainted like the rest but take a look at their occupations and then look at his, he helps people everyday. i am in no way degrading him i think he is a good man who has lived and worked here for a long time and deals with the same problems that we all do in these rural areas not in kingman in a lavish home on a hill with paved roads and city water its just not the same and should not be treated as such, I dont want someone in our office with a conflicting occupation or previous ties with our Good old boys. If things are going to get better whether they are changed or enforced some one new and unaffiliated with the Good Old Boys should be our supervisor like Mr. Lane.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: No One No Where

@How about a answer Sherwood

Actually Mr. Sherwood resigned from the P&Z Commission, see this article in the Miner.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Some Semblance of Sanity

Some points to ponder:
1.Yes sherwood was asked to resign by Watson, but he refused.
2. When someone said they supported another candidate, sherwood jumped on their case, basically saying 'how dare you support someone else, without talking to me first!'
3. Earl Hamlyn was responsiblle for eliminating the call to the public from the agenda, and in my opinion unforgivable. That's no better than Walker & Timko's actions, or Buster gaveling down someone.

Posted: Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Article comment by: Jim Consolato

There is this last minute push to shove Hamlyn out in the publics' face. Its the good ol boys and girl club. I know Sherwood and he has his act together and will represent both urban and rural areas of district 4. Mervin Fried will do the same and has a very creative mind for solutions. Hamlyn just put out a video to show case himself with the help of Gosar. I keep joking Earl could never be a Supervisor because his hat never comes off and he would have to kick himself out of the BOS meeting. Talk about a lame duck.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Sir Thomas Curtis

by the way why did the miner allow posts that have zero to do with retort to the candidates answers? because if they limited it to just those who addressed the issues they would have nothin in the comment section or very little. slamming the candidates instead of promoting the best in the ones you support does nothing to change anything And to open the thread with an attack on rick sherwood to deflect the fact that he has time and again reflected an opinion that he wants to work with all the bos members to improve all the districts and the county in general and has expressed deep and sincere concern for the course we have been on lately i could go on but im limited to 300 words.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Sir Thomas Curtis

one more point, im going to make without using names there are some here claiming that development is key, and they have been fighting everything ever proposed, in a continued attempt to remain a big fish an a small pond so to speak. stockton hill is beyond mis managed as far as development but i bet a small group has gotten very wealthy off that while a national icon rt66 is completely ignored and not even on some of the maps between valle vistas and hackberry even though there is a road that would lead over to peirce ferry and the skywalk interesting wouldnt you say, bet a title search would show a short list of names as far as REO and i bet none of them is a sherwood.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Sir Thomas Curtis

"how about an answer rick sherwood"? how about a name of who you are? you make serious accusatory comments and hide behind alias, which makes me think you are part of the oppositions team which is perfectly fine unless you want to hide and act like a concerned citizen. ive posted my name my real email and by the way i dont live in district 4 but im watching closely so i can see what the 5 new bos members will be able to achieve as a team and if these post are no more than "plants" by each candidates team this is just a farce which would not surprise me in anyway

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Sir Thomas Curtis

being my comments were deleted for tbeing too long (or maybe too honest) allow me to repost more succinctly, i find it hard if not impossible to believe Rick Sherwood has no concern beyond the "rural" areas and being it was aalso mentioned the entire area is rural here, (not only false but contradicts the initial comment) i have had many conservation with rick and never di he ever say anything even remotely close to what has been posted here. i feel these false accusations (my opinion) are nothing more than small town distractionary tactics to keep the agenda of the good ole boys/girls controling everything. and why no name? stand by your statements show your face this was presented as a serious forum of questions for candidates and has been turned into typical dissent and accusatory useless points.

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: How about a answer Sherwood

@Mohave County Voters Plesae!
Was Sherwood really asked to resign? That really changes the dymanics of my vote. Why does he say he has the same experience as Pozenel? "Ask Sherwood how successful he was at bringing back Call to the Public? He did not show up for the vote! Stop trying to degrade others you have nothing to brag about!" WOW is that true? I would say he definitly will be a lame duck BOS. I say vote for ROPER!

Posted: Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Article comment by: Mohave County Voters Plesae!

Sherwood and his supporters always try to degrade the other candidates? Earl Was Chairman for 9 years - thatís Chairman for 9 years. Sherwood was a commissioner for 21/2 years and asked to resign by Gary Watson and they have the same experience? Yea Right! Sherwood has said several times he dislikes Kingman and the people of Kingman he will only represent the rural area. All of this area is considered rural and it should be we there are advantages by being rural! Sherwood and his supporters wants their own kingdom they do not want to be part of Mohave County isnít that just like Walker? The folks that live in the rural area that want Sherwood thatís all youíll have because the rest of the supervisors will ignore Sherwood like the commissioners did, he will be a lame duck supervisor for 4 years is that what you want? Ask Sherwood how successful he was at bringing back Call to the Public? He did not show up for the vote! Stop trying to degrade others you have nothing to brag about!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Sir Thomas Curtis

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Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: concerned citizen

to any and all

Just so you know, censorship is alive and well.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Voting for Sherwood

Saw what Earl did on the commission, he was the one who did away with the call to the public, now claims it's a "privilege". Like Brotherton, Pozenel and Cutshaw, but come on, do we really need small town business people making county decisions? Roper has worked for the county too long as has Albright and Lane, Fried's had his own problems with the county and could have an ax to grind, especially if he wins any of his lawsuits, how can you sue the county and then run, same goes for Albright. How many times have Norty and John ran, them boys are getting old, definitely don't need another Sockwell on the board. Boyd talks a good talk, but that's the problem, it is all talk. Sherwood is as experienced as Earl, has the same if not better small business sense that the rest do, has managed employees, doesn't have an ax to grind with the county and is known for being a decent honest man who stands up for the people. He is the one that will get 'er done!

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Happy to VOTE!!!

I hope everyone is reading the responses of the candidates. I hope you understand their responses. This is part of your homework. Now letís get out and vote. I am not going to slander any of the candidates. Nor am I going to say whom I will vote for.

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Lane

To the person speaking about my property tax,yes I added the word AND by mistake, and I do apologize.In other statements I said that people could have thier 2012 or 2013 value fixed at 1% but because of the spending on buildings etc.we would have to start off with a 1.25 rate insted of our 1.815 tax rate we are paying now ! .Our living conditions will become a good reality ! Again I do apologize and honor your statements , Thank you ,Robert Lane

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: Robert Lane

I have shown that there is no secret, to taxes,rules, regulations, codes,fines and impact fees and good ole boys special zoning click. These entities are totally hindering our economy and living conditions. I have worked with well over 12 or 13 hundred companies ,factories over 40 years to keep people working. There were times I found companies a cheaper lease in different county and even in a different city .I have also shown I understand questions and give detail answers and solutions,as in the 2 questions buy the KDM which you give a grade, and also how to have the call to the public really stand out and makea real peoples county,our news people will love and support with pride, VOTE ROBERT LANE Vote for your family ,not for your friends ,friend !

Posted: Monday, August 20, 2012
Article comment by: H Q

@ Robert Lane needs Taxation Education:
I agree with the Supervisor, better to bankrupt the people
Than the County! After all we get no services for the taxes
We pay now only more taxes!

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