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From the May 4, 2016 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   This is the second article on a Candidates Forum held recently in Webster County. This week's article is a summary of statements from the candidates for County Commission Chairman and School Board District 1. Click here for the previous story about the other candidates who spoke at the forum.
Commission Chairman
   The candidates for Commission are Tony Kennedy and Darrell Holbrook, both of whom are well-known and have much experience in local government service. Below are summaries of some of their comments. They were asked many questions and more detailed answers may be found on video clips here.
   Tony Kennedy noted in his opening statement that he served as Webster County Sheriff for 11 years, which gives him first-hand working knowledge of how local offices work. In the 20 years since he has been in the private sector, most recently as the product support rep for a tractor equipment company. He said his private sector experience has also prepared him to work with the public ("I make mad customers happy") and will be helpful in helping to run the county government (saying he knows "where and how to find the best prices" for equipment repairs, etc.).
   Darrell Holbrook noted in his opening statement that he has held a variety of local service positions over many years, including EMA director, EMS Director, and Fire Chief. He has seen each of those agencies grow and improve and has worked along with county commissioners in numerous ways while serving in those capacities. He is also a US Army veteran who served in Desert Storm.
   Tony Kennedy said the most pressing issue facing the county is "pure and simple – a ... The rest of the story.