Local candidates for office answered surveys by the Herald and Review recently, discussing their reason for running and objectives if elected.
Macon County Board Member Debra Kraft (R- District 5) said she is running to continue to serve the local communities she has represented for the previous four years.
Kraft said that she wanted to work toward a balanced budget, address the local recycling issue and continue to build working relationships within local government.
Macon County Board Member Kevin R. Greenfield (R-District 7) said he was seeking re-election in order to continue work already done and to balance the budget without a tax increase.
Greenfield noted public safety, the balanced budget and continued cooperation between local and state government as his priorities if re-elected.
District 7 challenger Edward Yoder said he is running because he sees waste and mismanagement in the county’s handling of transportation infrastructure and a failure to balance the budget to the tune of $2.8 million.
Yoder said he wants to lend his experience as an engineer to infrastructure planning and increase transparency. He said he wants to expand fiber-optic broadband and reform the county’s ethics ordinance as it applies to local officials.
County Circuit Clerk candidate Sherry A. Doty (R) said she loves working in the office where she has served since 1983 and wants to use her experience to “continue to serve the citizens and taxpayers of Macon County and to lead this office into the future.”
She gave four top goals, including taking the office paperless, improving efficiency, improving service through training and improving transparency and cost effectiveness.
Macon County State’s Attorney candidate Scott Rueter (R) said his motive for running is to make the county, “The best place for families to live and prosper.”
Reuter’s top goals include organizing the office to serve effectively and efficiently while staying within budget, improving communication with law enforcement, fostering cooperation and to address problems such as gun violence, opioid abuse, domestic violence and juveniles within the court system.