Last updated: June 20. 2014 10:26AM - 611 Views
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The candidates for Bryan County Commissioner talk about county issues at the Democratic debate Thursday. On the left are District No. 3 candidates Roger Hedgecock and Jay Perry, and shown the right are District No. 1 candidates Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs.
The candidates for Bryan County Commissioner talk about county issues at the Democratic debate Thursday. On the left are District No. 3 candidates Roger Hedgecock and Jay Perry, and shown the right are District No. 1 candidates Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs.
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Thursday evening was the last chance to hear from local Democratic candidates for county offices.


The last of the campaign speakings was a debate held at the Clay Jones Community building Thursday where guests also enjoyed a taco supper.


Candidates for county commissioner and county treasurer spoke about why they are the best choice for Bryan County.


County commissioner candidates answered questions on road repair, commitments of the office, what their priority as commissioner would be and how they differ from their opponents.


Candidates all said that bus routes should be top priority for road repairs and the county budget needs to be a priority.


Roger Hedgecock and current commissioner Jay Perry are running for District No. 3 while Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs are running for District No. 1. Monty Montgomery, who currently holds the office, did not seek reelection.


Perry talked about the improvements made to both areas during his time as commissioner.


“When have you ever seen so much work done?” Perry asked the crowd. He said district three has a better budget and better equipment than when he was first elected, and the district does not owe money.


Hedgecock and Carter both cited their ability to work on roads and bridges themselves as what sets them apart from their opponents.


“I’d like to see spending with local vendors,” said Hedgecock. He said he would like the county to rotate purchasing from locals to keep money in Bryan County so everyone can benefit.


Downs said it is his experience with retail business and also his experience driving the roads of Bryan County that give him the knowledge needed for the position.


Candidates for county treasurer, Nancy Conner and Prudy Sullivan, spoke on issues of time management, customer service and experience.


Conner spoke of the improvements that have been made to customer and office relations since she was elected, noting that customers include the public and other county offices.


She said she values accuracy over time. Conner said while she may not be in the office at 8 a.m. each morning, she has workers who are and she is working throughout the county to best serve her customers.


Sullivan said that if she is elected treasurer, she will be in the office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. because she feels it reflects her respect for the customers.


While Conner spoke of her experience as treasurer, Sullivan said she has more experience than Conner did when she took the position.


Guests at the debate also heard from Congressional District Two candidate Joshua Harris-Till and State Senate candidate Joe Hill on why they want to represent the small communities in government.


Representatives for Jack Herron Jr. and John Cox, who are running for state superintendent, also spoke about why their candidates are right to represent Bryan County children.


Bryan County resident Kenna Kissel said she did not know who she would vote for at the beginning of this campaign, but she knows now, adding that it is important for citizens to come to speakings.


“You learn who people are,” she said. She added she goes to the speakings to learn the candidates’ beliefs and principles.


A pie and cake auction was held after the debate to benefit the Bryan County Democratic Party.


 
 
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