Wallace said like or not, the license commissioner position is a political office, not just an office worker.
"She's not qualified to be license commissioner," Wallace said. "There's more to being a leader than being able to work behind the counter."
Wallace, 56, of
"I do it for the office I work in," said Wallace, who is the executive officer of the
Maxwell, 55, of
"My position in the Lacey's Spring office and my position in the
Maxwell said their
The license commissioner position, which had six candidates in the Republican primary, has a six-year term that pays
The Republican winner will face
There are other races.
Halbrooks, 53, a production manager for a
"I have 35 years of work experience with 18 of that in management," Halbrooks said. "I've managed people in multiple facilities. I have personally supervised anywhere from 40 to 160 employees directly."
Halbrooks said his experience with equipment also is valuable.
"Part of the county commission job is to maintain roads," Halbrooks said. "Any equipment we would need, I would have first-hand knowledge of the equipment. All of that, tied together with my business background, makes me qualified."
Halbrooks said his diverse experience and background would allow him to help recruit businesses to the county.
"Whether they want to talk hunting, fishing, primary metal, defense industry, I can speak to that with a level of expertise," Halbrooks said.
Vest, 55, said his goal from Day 1 has been to "make a difference in
Vest said in the three-plus years he has served, he has spent
If given another four years, he said, he will keep the same goals and follow the same pattern.
"When they look at our record and see what we've accomplished as commissioner and as a commission as a whole ... (it's) fiscal responsibility and putting
He said his experience before being elected commissioner still makes him the most qualified candidate.
"I had 30 years of self-employment," he said. "I know how to put together a budget and maintain equipment. I owned my own business and then had eight years as a maintenance supervisor at an industrial coating facility in
The winner of the
Jones has been a commissioner for almost three decades and became the first black commissioner since Reconstruction in 1986. Jones said he is what the county is looking for in a commissioner.
"They want someone who has experience and is truthful. I believe I've been that for them," Jones said.
The county's financial situation will be on many voters' minds. Commissioners have dealt with back-to-back lawsuits and bad audits. Along with this, the county will lose more than
"There are some gaps that need to be closed. We have to replace the revenue we lost from the IP closure by bringing more industry to the county" Byrd said.
Davis said he was surprised that the
"We're keeping a watch on our spending and doing the best we can with what we have," Davis said.
Byars is happy for a second chance against Davis. Byars has been knocking on doors to tell residents about his road improvement plans and how he will make commissioners more accountable.
"There are a lot of things that happened in the past that need to be addressed. We are handling the taxpayers' money, so we have to be accountable," Byars said.
Roads, county spending and experience are the issues in the
The winner would replace outgoing Commissioner
Both said they are concerned with the condition of the roads in the district that covers
However, the candidates know money is limited. Funded by gas tax revenues,
This leaves only
Shannon said he can use connections he made with state officials in his two terms on the
Hill said he hasn't been in a position that requires lobbying state leaders, but it's something he believes he can do.
Primary runoff election
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