As Barry County approaches the August 2 Primary Election, the Barry County Advertiser distributed questionnaires to the Sheriff and Public Administrator candidates.
The responses from the candidates are printed in this week’s issue with only spelling and basic grammatical changes made by staff.
All candidates were given the opportunity to answer each question in 75 words or less, and some candidates chose to utilize all of the questions, while others did not.
The Meet the Candidates questionnaire was designed to allow the candidates to speak for themselves about pressing issues.
Candidates’ responses have been printed in the order candidates filed for office.
The Barry County Primary Election will be on Tuesday, August 2.
Public Administrator candidates:
Andy Reavis-R, Rodney Hughes-R and Keith Daniels-R.
Why did you choose to run for Public Administrator?
I have spent most of my career in Customer Care for Fasco. Serving customers, putting the customer’s need first, and treating them with respect, has been my calling and my career. This has made me a caring person for others in their time of need. I have the experience it takes to assist the clients of Barry County. My Christian beliefs in serving others and caring background led me to file and pursue this position.
What qualifications do you have that make you the best candidate for the job?
My long-term commitment to customer care makes my qualifications stand out. I have spent 40 years caring for customers and their needs. My commitment to one company and the people I have served shows my commitment I will exemplify, if elected, to the people of Barry County and the citizens who need this assistance. This kind of commitment qualifies me to understand and help the people who depend on the Public Administrator for guidance and representation.
What do you feel is the biggest concern you’ll be facing in the position if elected?
Time seems to be a very present problem in this position. Taking care of the needs of more than 150 clients that are presently being served in the county takes time and great management of time. Past experience in serving customers and having always worked in a situation of managing time efficiently, will be a plus for me. My past experience and Christian beliefs to serve those who I come into contact with will be a great asset in facing this concern.
What changes do you hope to make if you are elected?
Without having spent quality time in the public administrator’s office, this question causes me to know that to make changes for the sake of change is not a positive action. By no means, do I believe at this time changes are necessary. The present Public Administrator is working hard for the people and citizens of Barry County, and I know of no problems or issues that need addressed at this time.
What makes you a better candidate over your competitors?
I believe it takes a special kind of person in this job. One trait necessary is commitment. I was born and raised in Barry County. At a very early age, I learned of commitment to my church and Jesus Christ. My wife and I raised our children here, and we all continue to live here. My commitment to one company for 40 years shows my commitment to a career in this county. If elected, I would commit to serve the people of Barry County and citizens who need this assistance.
Use this last question as an opportunity to address any issues that you did not address in the previous questions.
I would appreciate your vote on August 2, 2016. Rodney Hughes