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Candidate Profile: County Commissioner Precinct 3

Candidate Profile for the Wichita County Commissioner Precinct Three
There are more than 32,000 voters in Precinct Three in Wichita County, and both candidates will look familiar. Former commissioner Gordon Griffith is facing off against incumbent Barry Mahler.

Griffith held the position of Precinct Three commissioner for 28 years before being defeated by Mahler in 2008. Also, during his prior terms, Griffith was a democrat. However, this time around he is on the ballot as a republican.

Griffith says, "Lots of people have never gotten to vote for me on the republican side without having to switch ballots, so they were glad they could straight vote so they could help me out.(13)

He says high tax rates and unemployment are the top concerns of residents of Precinct Three  and he says being more stringent with the budget will help residents in the long run.

"When we meet for budget sessions we look at the wants and needs of the agencies in the courthouse and make the decision to grant what they're wanting or needing and take it line by line," he says.

He says his years of experience make him the right person for the job.

His opponent Barry Mahler says his record over the last four years speaks for itself, and he says he kept his promises from the last election.

Mahler says, "I would divest myself of my farmer operation and be a full time commissioner and I've done that. I would find the best value for your tax dollar, and the record shows that show that's true, mainly because of a reduced tax rate for 2013 and balanced budget and a reduced deficit."

He says the biggest challenge and goal is to uphold federal and state mandates, while still meeting the needs of taxpayers.

He says he's proud of the recent courthouse improvement project, and the way the commissioner's court saved the county money through renovations.

"We've got a good facility down there we need to expand our ability to have our courts function better, and we did it for a fraction of a cost in that old building."

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th.

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