“New job growth is going to bring us out of recession in this area," said Incumbent Mark Culver.
“We need jobs, we have a great group of people here," said Chad Tyson.
Culver and a new face in politics, Chad Tyson may have years of experience between them but both agree jobs are needed in the area.
"We're working closely with the chamber through Dothan by Design we're making calls on our own and most importantly we're trying to help current existing business to expand and employ people and we’re seeing a good bit of that," said Culver.
"I would like to become more actively in the chamber of commerce and seek guidance and reason from the businessmen, successful business men here in Houston County and let those guys give us some direction," said Tyson.
With the controversy surrounding Country Crossing and electronic bingo Culver believes the county acted appropriately when working with developers of the complex.
"I think we did our due diligence, we did all the things that a normal project would have happen. We talked to our legal council we talked to other outside legal council and obtained several attorney generals opinions that's the normal and standard that we do our due diligence," said Culver.
But Tyson feels the county was too hasty, saying, “I think we actually got the cart ahead of the horse, I think we should have regulated the issue and kind of got it out before the public and let the people become more involved in what was happening."
Aside from jobs what do both candidates see as a priority for Houston County?
"I think our primary focus now has shifted to developing jobs and creating economic growth in the community that's the thing that is going to bring us out of this downturn and allow us to generate money so we can go back to putting water lines in and paving roads and things like that," said Culver.
Tyson believes efforts should be made to bring the county back together after the dispute over bingo
"We're kind of split we have people that are for bingo we have people that are against bingo, we just got to come together, our legislatures have got to come up with a bill that everybody can agree on and regulate it if that's what's going to be,” said Tyson.
Regarding another year of low budgets Culver says while some funding does come from sales tax revenue, most of it is from property taxes.
He says more people need to settle in Houston County to bring the area out of the red.
As for Tyson, he says if elected he will meet with successful business men and women in the area to seek guidance and advice.
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