DIST. 3

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in work­ing with the col­leges al­ready lo­cated here to at­tract com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment.

Mitcham said he would be “an ad­vo­cate for qual­ity growth” if elected.

“I think District 3 is re­ally on the fore­front of be­com­ing Rock­dale and an ex­ten­sion of Rock­dale,” he said. “We’d re­ally like to keep a dis­tinc­tion be­tween the two [coun­ties].”

He said he would also fo­cus on find­ing so­lu­tions to the county’s traf­fic prob­lems if elected and on bring­ing more re­cre­ation op­por­tu­ni­ties to the district.

Both can­di­dates said they would make bal­anc­ing the county’s bud­get their num­ber one pri­or­ity.

“We have to bal­ance the bud­get. That’s num­ber one,” Schulz said. “We have to look at how we make an in­vest­ment in the com­mu­nity for the fu­ture and that’s go­ing to be a bal­anc­ing act.”

Mitcham said the board will be faced with an even more dif­fi­cult task than usual due to de­clin­ing tax rev­enues dur­ing this pe­riod of eco­nomic re­ces­sion.

If faced with the ne­ces­sity of cut­ting county ser­vices rather than rais­ing prop­erty taxes (which nei­ther can­di­date said they thought would be nec­es­sary) both can­di­dates stressed that they would not cut back on pub­lic safety.

“We have to de­cide what’s most im­por­tant to us,” Schulz said of the pos­si­bil­ity of cut­ting back on ser­vices.

Mitcham said he be­lieved the county could go through 2009 with­out hav­ing to cut ser­vices or raise taxes.

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