Washington County Board of Education member Andrew R. Humphreys, saying he's launching a crusade for effective and responsive government, has filed as a candidate for Washington County commissioner.
Humphreys, a Democrat, said education needs a stronger voice in county government and said he's been frustrated by the County Commissioners' decisions to cut budgets requested by the school board.
Humphreys, 43, said the percentage of the county budget going to education has shrunk in the past 10 years at the same time that the federal and state governments are cutting back on education spending.
"The quality of education is the cornerstone of economic development," he said.
"How many times do you have to hear this before you get it straight?"
Humphreys said the commissioners and the school board need to better coordinate their efforts and develop a long range plan for education.