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Supervisor candidates talk county needs

GTNS photo by David Hotle

Incumbent Abe Miller, left and challenger Jeff Thomann discussed their stances durinig a candidate forum Tuesday evening.
GTNS photo by David Hotle Incumbent Abe Miller, left and challenger Jeff Thomann discussed their stances durinig a candidate forum Tuesday evening.

During a candidate forum hosted by the Washington County Chamber of Commerce, Washington County Board of Supervisors District 3 candidates Abe Miller, R, and Jeff Thomann, no party, answered questions about their candidacies.

Incumbent Miller said he and his family have lived in the Washington area since 1994. “Four years ago I decided I was going to serve the public in the political field, so I ran for supervisor,” he said. “I decided to run again. That’s all I have. I’m a pretty simple guy.”

Challenger Thomann said he has lived in Washington County all his life. “I’m running because I’m concerned about how the county is moving forward,” he said, not elaborating during that question.

Thomann said a supervisor should be a steward of the people’s money and ensure the citizens are receiving the necessary services. He said the supervisors need to review the five-year plan and ensure the county is giving the people the most cost-effective services for the best results.

Miller said the role of the supervisor is to protect the property, the rights and the privileges of the people of the county. He said the responsibilities are “a monster.” He stressed spending county money wisely and said he listens to the taxpayers to make decisions.

In discussing the county budget, Miller said it is as high as it has ever been. He said much of this is due to the communications equipment ordered. He believes the budget is higher than it needs to be, saying more needs to be looked at during budget time.

Thomann called the county budget “a work in progress that needs to be periodically reviewed and adjusted.” He stressed common- sense budgeting.

In the coming term, Thomann said he is concerned about the county’s communications. He said better planning should have taken place. Miller said in addition to communications, he is concerned about the mental health issue and county roads. He also is concerned about wasteful spending.

Questions from the public dealt with collective bargaining and county zoning.