Candidates for contested county commission seats in Kanawha and Putnam counties met with the Daily Mail’s editorial board today.
In Kanawha County, incumbent Hoppy Shores (R) is running against George Metz (R) in the Republican primary. Clint Casto, a Democrat, is also running but was not available Thursday.
In Putnam County, incumbent Steve Andes (R) is running against Jerry Dials (R) in the Republican primary. No Democrats have registered to run.
End of meeting.
Andes: “I’m proud of my record,”
Andes: Wants to continue to improve public safety, quality of life issues. “There’s more to do in Putnam County than ever,”
Metz: Maintains wants to improve county and market the county
Andes: “We all need to work together on that one,”
Andes: “There’s an awful lot of stuff at the state that needs to be fixed,”
Andes: “We need help from the state to make a better environment so people don’t leave.” “The state is probably one of the biggest hurdles,”
Andes: When son graduated “he saw a lot of his friends move out of state,”
Metz: Thinks some ideas can be brought to the Legislature. At county level, can see what public thinks, take to state level. “I don’t see that now,”
Metz: Wants 8 year old son to be able to find job in Kanawha
Metz: “Without good-paying jobs, it’s very, very difficult,”
Question: How retain younger educated people
Shores: Said has received no complaints about animal shelter
Andes: Thought $2.5-$3 million expense of shelter was “over the top,”
Andes: Says “will support” new animal shelter
Metz: Says no-kill is public policy shift. “There undoubtedly will be a cost impact,”
Shores: “That has been a success,”
Shores: “Whatever she asks us to do, we try to meet her requirement,” of animal shelter director
Question: Concerning animal shelter issues.
Metz: Doesn’t think blame in population loss should be blamed on any one entity leaving.
Andes: Talking about how county is working with businesses and improving Putnam business climate.
Andes: “Our county tax rate is the lowest since when I took office,”
Metz: “We just need to do a better job of selling the county,”
Metz: Says need to do a better job marketing Kanawha re:population loss
Shores: Says Coonskin Park bridge one of biggest recent developments
Andes: Says get ideas from County Commission Association meetings every year. (Side note: Kanawha is not a member of that association)
Andes: “We’re improving a lot of our services,”
Metz: Wants to go to other counties and see what is successful, and then bring those ideas back.
Metz: Doesn’t like that county development plan is 100+ pages. wants it reduced.
Metz: Wants to see if commission can meet in other areas of county
Metz: “Sound financial management is…imperative,” Wants to look at efficiency issues, improve commissioners visibility to the public.
Shores: “Maybe we should do a better job of spending our money,”
Question: What is commission doing/not doing you would like to see differently?
Shores: back to park and Coonskin logging, said remedied by lawsuit.
Metz: Says there are too many board, wants inventory and then bring “stakeholders” together to evaluate,
Shores: “We depend upon our members to do their job,”
Shores said should have handled differently.
Shores: “We had good intentions,”
Question: Re: Coonskin Logging
Metz: Says he would like to see better reporting of various board activities during commission meetings.
Metz: “I think the commissioners should go out and meet with those groups,” PSDs, economic development boards, etc.
Metz: Thinks Kanawha website could be improved to make that information easier to find.
Metz: Wants to make it easier to find who is on various boards. Wants info to be listed online.
Andes: Health department board much better than before.
Andes: Now have training for all health department board members.
Andes: “It was a major problem, but we got some good out of it,”
Andes: All restaurant inspections being done, no favoritism, school immunizations up to date, etc.
Andes: “Kanawha County was the one who stepped up and offered to help,”
Andes: Health department situation is doing better. “Our health board failed the people of Putnam County,”
Question: About perspective on Kanawha/Putnam health department issue.
Andes: Proposed taking certain percentage of income for repayment of jail expenses. “I think these people need to be responsible for their actions in more ways than one,”
Andes: Need to make people responsible for what they do. “When they get out they need to pay us back,”
Metz: says he has experience working around drug issue through his time in law enforcement.
Metz: “If you start early, and you keep the youth of our respective counties…it’s a cost-savings long-term,”
Andes: “We need help from the state in establishing rehab centers,”
Andes: “We need better help from the state,” to get funding and assistance for rehab.
Andes: Jail only one option Putnam is using. Drug Court and Day Report other options being used.
Shores: “I think we have to work through teachers and coaches” they are like parent away from home.
Metz: Thinks kids should be better taught about not using drugs.
Metz: Wants to send law enforcement officers out to schools “to meet with the kids and push (anti-drug) programs,”
Andes: “After you legalize marijuana, what’s next?”
Andes: ”It comes back to the economy. I don’t think there’s a quick fix to it,”
Andes: Heroin is emerging problem in Putnam.
Shores: “I think we have some people here, some bad people here, that are getting these kids on drugs,”
Shores: Drug problem biggest problem. “It’s really cost the families their health, their money, their life.”
Metz: “I think with the growth in the county, we can certainly take care of some of that problem…economic growth solves a lot of those issues,”
Metz: Says drug problem also big issue for Kanawha. “Most of the people I see that are incarcerated don’t have jobs.”
Andes: Infrastructure, public safety other big issues
Andes: Drug problem is biggest issue. Jail bill has spiked over fast few years. “That money could go to other programs,”
Question: Biggest challenge facing counties
Andes says he bringd business background to commission.
Andes: “The reason I’m running is I truly enjoy it.” Been on Putnam commission for 2 terms
Metz: “What I want to do is…an inside-out plan for Kanawha County.” Make improvements and then go out and sell Kanawha
Metz “I want to make Kanawha County better.” Says he’s disappointed with statistics like population loss, etc.
Shores: I’m very much interested in our community. Hopefully I’ve done a good job. I’d like to continue.
This entry was posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:21 and is filed under Commissioners, Kanawha County. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.