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Government

June 4, 2014

4 candidates respond to public questions

(Continued)

NORMAN —

Nice said the efforts to identify problem areas in the community are efforts the area is catching up on, especially those specific to roads and bridges. With the current Lexington-Purcell bridge in its final stages of repair, Spaulding sparked conversation on how to avoid accumulating huge repairs like these in the future.

Haralson said it’s all about prevention efforts.

“We have to think ahead to prevent damage and maintain those facilities like the bridge,” he said.

Haralson pushed the importance of keeping up with the needs of vital infrastructures and said it can be done by building a plan that will benefit the county as a whole.

“It’s important to consider the synergy we can establish by working together,” Covey said, regarding the roads and bridges. “It takes a team.”

After the forum between Spaudling and the candidates concluded, the floor opened up to the audience and individual candidates.

Reynolds brought up Nice’s contributions to local democratic campaigns, asking Nice one question: How are you going to support Republican values while supporting Democratic campaigns?

Nice responded to Reynold’s inquiries, firmly stating his place in the Republican party.

“As I see it, if you’re elected, you have to represent everyone,” Nice said. “Whether or not I help them does not determine if I uphold my own Republican values.”

Spaulding encouraged community members to be involved in the election process and vote.

“Make your vote count every time you get an opportunity,” Spaulding said.

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