By Wayne Allen
There are eight people running for the office of Scioto County Commissioner in the upcoming primary election. With this many people in one race it can be perceived as a little crowdee.
In an effort to help inform the voter, the Daily Times asked each of the candidates questions that would help the voters of Scioto county understand who is on the ballot.
Gary Rae Mullins is a Democratic candidate.
“Our county is in need of cleaning up it’s image both internally and externally so that we are marketable to those who would bring their investments here to create jobs. You have to make a product look good to market it,” Mullins said.
Mullins has spent part of his career as a small business owner or manager. He has also spent a number of years lending his voice to radio and TV most recently WNXT.
“For over four decades I have been ‘The Voice’ for multitudes of small businesses, ‘The Voice’ for every imaginable charitable organization, ‘The Voice’ for the public safety when disaster struck like the ‘03 Ice Storm. ‘The Voice’ for their phone-in favorite music requests. God gave me another chance and a new mission a little over a year ago after a successful cancer operation. The side effects retired me from broadcasting but I’m not yet done! I have been ‘The Voice for the People’ for decades and now I want to be ‘The Voice of The People,’” Mullins said.
Sean Boldman is a Republican candidate.
“I am running for Scioto County Commissioner because it is time to tear down the barriers in our small community and work together,” he said.
Boldman believes his experience within the business community and local organizations makes him uniquely qualified for the position.
“Our county needs to be structured like a business or a household, at the end of the day we have to balance our budget. We all have to make tough decisions here and there, while at the same time making sure our employees or families do not suffer,”Boldman said. “One of the biggest areas throughout the city, county, and townships that needs rejuvenated is the internal communication. We must get the horses pulling the cart in the same direction. Pulling together our plans, goals, and resources will increase our spending power. We can and will make this work.”
Mike Payton is a Republican candidate.
“I love this county and the people here with all my heart. Most all of my family have lived here their entire lives. I want my children to live here and have the same opportunities to raise their families that I had to raise mine,” he said.
Payton currently serves as a village councilman in New Boston, where he chairs the Utilities and Communications committee. He also serves on the Southern Ohio Port Authority, the Site Specific Advisory Board for the Piketon A-Plant and the Ohio Municipal League,
When asked what some of the first things he would do if elected Payton said, “I would also like to begin to form a relationship with the other county offices as well as the township trustees. Developing lines of communication are critical in order to be successful in any business, not just being a county commissioner.”
Will Mault is a Republican candidate.
“I want to be part of the renewal process of our great county. I hope to help attract businesses and industry that will create jobs for our citizens. I will use the skills I have developed in the business sector to make this happen in the public sector.”
Mault said one of the first things he would do if elected would be to begin work with current commissioners Mike Crabtree and Doug Coleman. “I would find ways to help our citizens educationally and vocationally to enhance our workforce.”
David Malone is a Democratic candidate.
“Having been involved in city government for the past 10 years, I have long worked for positive change in the city and in our area. I wish to continue and expand my commitment to public service from the city-level to the county level,” he said.
Malone is a past Portsmouth City Councilman and Mayor.
“During my years in government, I have directly been involved with a myriad of responsibilities of the county commissioners. These responsibilities include water and sewer district matters, solid waste disposal, budgeting, appropriations, purchasing. As the Chief Executive and Administrator of the City, I had direct oversight of department heads,” he said.
Don Rachford is a Democratic candidate.
“I see to many of our children and grandchildren leaving Scioto county to find jobs elsewhere. With common sense and hard work we can bring prosperity and jobs home,” he said.
Rachford said that process includes open communications with the elected officials and the people of Scioto County. When asked what he would do if elected, Rachford said, “my first week on the job as county commissioner will be a full time job. I will work with the other commissioners to solve issues facing our county.”
Bryan Davis is a Republican candidate.
“I want to work to promote economic growth in Scioto County and to assure our county government has a sound financial foundation to support that growth.”
Davis believes his experience in business and finance will help if he is elected.
“I know the hard work involved, and I’m ready to put that experience to work for the residents of Scioto County as county commissioner. I want to continue my work in a larger capacity with our current commissioners to bring employment back to our area,” Davis said. “Through job growth, I believe that we will reduce poverty, crime and addictions which can only lead to a healthier and more stable population and provide job opportunities for our children so they can live and work here instead of having to leave the area.”
Kent Madden is a Republican candidate.
“I want to bring businesses and job opportunities back to our county. I want to work with the current commissioners to make sure this is achieved. With the new transportation corridor being built, the vacant lands and facilities, the Ohio River, the railroads and airport, Scioto County is on the verge of expanding its economic growth,” he said.
Madden has previously served as a Porter Township Trustee. When asked what would one of the first things he would do if elected Madden said, ”on day one, I would like my family, friends, and anyone else who wished to join us, enter the south entrance of the courthouse, into the rotunda and pray for guidance and for our county, country and to dedicate the next four years to the glory of God. I would then fulfill my commitment of working hard for the county residents and continue to listen to their concerns and needs.”
A seat is being vacated after current commissioner Skip Riffe announced his retirement from the position at the end of his current term.
The primary election will be held on May 6, in which two of the eight commission candidates would be chosen to advance to the November general election.
Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 228 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT.