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State and Nation

October 14, 2012

Election 2012: Q&A with District 4 County Commission candidate Ben Harrison


NC: What do you feel is the greatest need in Limestone County that has not been previously discussed by the County Commission?

Harrison: There are a number of issues that I would like to see addressed.

One would be to cut spending. Government loves to talk about spending money, but you rarely hear them mention spending less money. If tax revenues decrease, this will be an especially important issue. We should be preparing for the future now, so we don’t have to raise taxes later.

Another area to address would be road shoulders. Most of the roads in District 4 are in decent shape, but the road shoulders are not in the best condition. In many places there are large drop-offs due to erosion. I believe that this is a critical safety hazard that should be addressed.

We should also discuss striping. Many of our county roads are not striped often enough and pose a hazard especially at night or in heavy rain.

I feel strongly that it is government’s place to protect citizens’ property rights. Government has a bad habit of infringing on property rights instead of protecting them. I’m dedicated to preserving and restoring property rights for all Limestone County residents.

NC: Why should the voters of District 4 elect you as their county commissioner over your opponent?

Harrison: First and foremost I am a Christian. I have dedicated my life to serving God, family and our community.

I think that my experiences as a technical service manager in industry with process improvement, cost reduction, and failure analysis and prevention will be of benefit to operations in District 4. I believe that savings and efficiency should be a top priority in Limestone County, and I believe that I can serve the people of District 4 with my experience.

I am also a small businessman and know what businesses are looking for. I want to make our county a place that will attract business. With these experiences I have learned the importance of communication and cooperation. I have spent a lot of time studying what constitutes good government, and what controls can be put in place to both prevent waste and fraud, and to preserve the citizens’ rights and freedoms.

I’m humbled and excited about the opportunity to serve our community, to preserve our conservative heritage and to make our county a safe and prosperous place that our children and grandchildren will be proud to call home.

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