VOTE 2024 | Miller County Justice of the Peace, District 7

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LARRY D. EAST

What are the key issues facing Miller County today?

Oversee the county budget. Full support of the sheriff's office and the county jail. The roads in the county need attention, in part due to the recent weather conditions.

Do you feel the state does enough to support rural counties like Miller?

Miller County has been very fortunate to receive funding from the state but can always use more.

Attitudes on the quorum court have been combative at several meetings. Why is this? Do you feel these sorts of attitudes are conducive to good governance?

The quorum court is the governing body of Miller County. Everyone has the right to express their opinions and concerns, however this needs to be done in an orderly fashion with the best interest of the county in mind.

How will you support businesses and development in Miller County?

I would vote to give tax breaks to new businesses, and I would assist with finding real estate available in Miller County for new businesses.

What is your opinion of how Miller County has used and plans to use federal pandemic recovery and infrastructure funds?

If elected, I would check into how the pandemic money has been or will be used and if there is future money received I would hope the quorum court would vote to use the money for improvements such as roads, jail, sheriff's dept., and county property in general.

JAMES A. SYLER

What are the key issues facing Miller County today?

Ensuring public safety will always be a top issue for me. We must ensure appropriate funding and support for our law-enforcement and volunteer fire department personnel. Bringing new business and industry to Miller County is also an important issue that the county must address, because by bringing in good paying jobs, we will help the entire county grow and develop.

Do you feel the state does enough to support rural counties like Miller?

While it is true that rural counties like ours often get left behind when it comes to state level economic development and infrastructure funding, we are lucky to have a wonderful state legislative delegation from our area that makes sure Miller County is not left behind.

Attitudes on the quorum court have been combative at several meetings. Why is this? Do you feel these sorts of attitudes are conducive to good governance?

Passionate representation sometimes appears combative, but it often is a sign that our leadership truly cares about the areas they represent. Though discussions can get heated, it is important that each side of an argument has a chance to be heard. As long as the discussions can remain civil and avoid personal attacks, thorough discussion is not a bad thing. It also lends itself to transparency, because it becomes clear that leadership did not settle their disagreements out of sight of the public.

How will you support businesses and development in Miller County?

Workforce development is key to attracting higher paying jobs to the area. One of the best drivers of workforce development is a safe and stable community. If we focus on public safety and infrastructure development, we will provide a community that people want to move to. And when people want to move to an area, business and industry typically follow.

What is your opinion of how Miller County has used and plans to use federal pandemic recovery and infrastructure funds?

Given the amount of federal restrictions and red tape that was placed on the spending of pandemic funding, I think Miller County has done the best that it could. Two good examples include the much needed upcoming expansion of the jail, and the paying out of bonus money to help compensate the employees that worked during the hardest times of the pandemic.

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