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May 3, 2014

George and Collins highlight MC commissioner's race

SHOALS — Martin County Commissioner Paul R. George faces challenger John Collins in the May 6 Democratic primary for the commissioner’s seat in District 2.

This is one of three contested primary races in Martin County, all involving Democrats.

Incumbent Mike Steiner faces Joe Howell in the contest for Martin County Prosecutor, while incumbent Jason Hennette is being challenged by Joe McAtee for Perry Township Trustee. In this race, the winner will meet Republican Ernest Canell, who is unopposed in the primary.

George, 42, is seeking his third consecutive term as commissioner. He is the father of two children, Tyler, 17, and Taylor, 14, who are students at Shoals.

He works in the farming industry and drives a school bus for Shoals School Corporation. He is a graduate of Shoals High School and Oakland City College.

A life-long resident of Martin County, George has served as president of the commissioners for the past six years. As a commissioner, his duties include serving on the Martin County Redevelopment Commission, Martin County Solid Waste Board, District Oversight Planning Committee, South Central Region 8 Workforce Board and the task force for county employee compensation and benefits.

George also serves as president of the Martin County Farm Bureau Inc. and is an active supporter of the county’s 4-H program. He is also a member of the Martin County Democrat Committee.

Due to the harsh winter weather, all county roads in the state, including those in Martin County, took a beating. The candidates were asked how they rate the current condition of the county roads and what the commissioners can afford to do about it.

“Martin County roads are currently in fair to poor condition,” George said. “We had an extremely harsh winter and our county roads paid the toll. The Martin County Highway Department did a good job at keeping the county roads as clear as possible this past winter. The county highway employees are now out dura-patching and hand-patching potholes, and some of the heaviest hit roads will receive some new paving this summer.”

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