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Scotts Bluff County Commissioner candidates tackle the issues in their lone debate

With the May primary a mere 12 days away, County Commissioner candidates tackled the issues during a debate hosted by the Scottsbluff/ Gering Chamber of Commerce.

Incumbent Sherry Blaha is being challenged by Cheryl Braunbeck, and the other four candidates are competing for an open seat for District I.

"I'm running for county commissioner because i feel it is time for me to give something back to my community," a statement was read on behalf of Kirk Arnold- who could not make the debate.

Other candidates said they were running to improve efficiencies between county departments.
"If it can be shared, let's do it," says Mark Reichert. "Duplication is probably one of the worst waste that all forms of governments have."
Or stressed the importance of having an open door policy. "I want to treat everybody like I want to be treated," says Chuck Cowan. "So if I can get an answer for you- if I don't know the answer I certainly will do that."
District I candidate Ryan Reuter wants to be a voice for the ag community. "There are numerous numerous opportunities for agriculture. I believe that I am that voice for the ag industry for the county."
And in District III ,spending and taxes were a hot topic. 
"I've spent my whole life living within a budget," says Braunbeck. "And that will never be a problem. I save before I buy something and always have. So I think it is time that we get back to the basics."
"I too want to keep a handle on property taxes," says Blaha. "And I'm not crazy about unfunded mandates."
Voters will decide which of these two women will represent the third district, and which of these four men will represent the first district on May 13th.

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