Last updated: June 04. 2014 11:10AM - 1375 Views
By - jbreger@civitasmedia.com

Candidates for County Commissioner District one, Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs speak in Caddo Tuesday evening.
Candidates for County Commissioner District one, Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs speak in Caddo Tuesday evening.
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With elections coming up June 24, Democratic candidates for Bryan County offices brought in a crowd as they introduced themselves in Caddo Tuesday evening.

Candidates for District 1 and 3 county commissioner and county treasurer spoke to the audience about why they should be elected.

Running for District 1 commissioner are Kevin Carter and Chuck Downs, who both expressed concerns for road conditions in the district.

Downs commented on the multiple jobs he has had in Bryan County that have taken him down the county roads.

“I’ve traveled all over these roads,” said Downs.

He said road improvement would be his No. 1 goal as commissioner. Carter was brief in stating the roads would be his priority.

Roger Hedgecock and current commissioner Jay Perry are running for District 3. Hedgecock vowed to be someone who citizens could call at all times.

He gave out his contact information at the meeting, inviting all citizens to call him with their concerns.

Perry touched on road and bridge improvement made during his time as commissioner, giving credit to his team for the improvements.

He also noted upcoming improvements including Sawmill Road, which will be complete this summer and Old Caddo Highway to be completed in August.

“That’s over $7 million of work done in District 3 this year,” said Perry.

Running for treasurer are current treasurer Nancy Conner and her previous first deputy, Prudy Sullivan. Conner noted her time spent in the office and the over 160 hours of classwork involved.

She also mentioned the improvements she has made to the office and ways she has helped citizens, including finding and returning approximately $14,000 of taxpayer money that had been sitting idle.

She said she has returned all but $700 of idle returns.

Sullivan told the crowd about herself and said she has had over 20 years of experience working with the residents of Bryan County in different capacities.

She said she grew up in Bryan County as well.

“My strong work ethic was instilled in me at an early age by my parents,” said Sullivan.

She said she is confident in her abilities to serve as county treasurer and hopes to be elected June 24.

One person who spoke Tuesday will not be on the June 24 ticket.

Joe Hill will be running for state Senate District 6 in November. He introduced himself and said the reason he wanted to run is truly because he cares about people.

Hill is an Idabel native and graduate of Southeastern Oklahoma State University.

He said, during his time working for Congressman David Boren, he learned that there was no greater feeling than that of helping someone.

“I want to be your next senator and I will work hard at it,” said Hill.

He also touched on some issues in state government that he does not agree with concerning teachers and roads and bridges.

- Jessica Breger can be reached at (580) 924-4388 ext. 116 or on Twitter @jbreger_news

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