Chair­man candidates pre­pared

Repub­li­can in­cum­bent to face Demo­cratic hope­ful new­ton county elec­tion2008

The Covington News - - Front page - By Rachel Oswald roswald@cov­

The two candidates for county chair­man — in­cum­bent Repub­li­can Aaron Varner and his chal­lenger, Demo­crat Kathy Mor­gan — both agree that the county will be fac­ing rough fi­nan­cial wa­ters in the com­ing months.

The county chair­man is a full-time po­si­tion. In the event of a tie on the Board of Com­mis­sion­ers, the chair will cast the tiebreak­ing vote. The chair is charged with im­ple­ment­ing the poli­cies adopted by the board and also serves as the head of the pub­lic works depart­ment.

“ Our bud­get will con­tinue to get tighter sim­ply be­cause of the eco­nomic is­sues of the past as we be­gin to find that a lot of the money that we got in the past is go­ing to be cut or re­duced,” said Varner, who is seek­ing his third term as county chair.

To get through the bleak eco­nomic times ahead, Varner said he would work with the county’s Fi­nance Depart­ment to en­sure that the BOC was given the most ac­cu­rate fi­nance num­bers for the county.

“We’re go­ing to lit­er­ally take a crit­i­cal view at ev­ery line item in the county bud­get, ev­ery depart­ment,” said Mor­gan, a lo­cal banker and the widow of for­mer county chair­man Davis Mor­gan. “[Depart­ment heads] do the job ev­ery day. They know where we have room to cut.”

Mor­gan, who if elected would be New­ton County’s first fe­male chair, said she be­lieved the econ­omy would dic­tate much of what the county gov­ern­ment is able to ac­com­plish over the next year. If elected she said she



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