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Front Page February 6, 2018  RSS feed

Partisan politics dominate Centerville gathering

By Mac Shadix


Candidate for District Judge Frank Dobrovolny addresses the packed courtroom in the old courthouse in Centerville on Thursday February 1. Photo by Mac Shadix Candidate for District Judge Frank Dobrovolny addresses the packed courtroom in the old courthouse in Centerville on Thursday February 1. Photo by Mac Shadix As expected, partisan politics took the floor at the candidates debate in Centerville on Thursday February 1. A clearly ‘Courthouse crowd’ applauded their favorites and gave the challengers more difficult questions than they have received in previous meetings.

About one hundred and ten citizens packed the old courthouse courtroom to hear the candidates with opponents and those who were unopposed state the reasons that they are seeking public office.

The real fireworks occurred when District Clerk Beverly Wilson was confronted by the daughter of County Commissioner Dean Stanford. Wilson forthrightly admitted some of the affair between herself and Stanford, but denied other parts. Wilson was also questioned later about actions in office that might have been related to the affair. She denied that any employee dismissals were related.

“They were dis- missed for performance issues.” Wilson said.

These issues have long been public knowledge and have been the subject to letters to the editor in other county newspapers and charges and denials on Facebook.

The candidates for county judge and for commissioner of precinct one all indicated support for the Expo Center with the challengers expressing concern for operating costs.

County Judge Byron Ryder confirmed large losses to the county stemming from the Tax Collectors office after Randy Shelton asked if the figure in the range of three to five hundred dollars a day for five to seven years was correct.

“The matter was never taken to the Grand Jury by the previous District Attorney.” Ryder said.

The campaign continues. Further debates in Jewett and Buffalo are being discussed but at this time nothing is planed for certain.


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