Chairman candidates prepared
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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