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Candidate profile -- Vikki Nelson

August 23, 2002

Editor's note: Twenty-one candidates have filed for five Washington County Commissioners' seats. Ten of the candidates - five Democrats and five Republicans - will be selected as their parties' nominees in the Sept. 10 primary. The general election is Nov. 5. We asked each of the candidates the same five questions. Monday: Paul L. Swartz




Vikki Nelson
59
Republican
Owner of Jarnel Crane Rental
15634 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring

1. Do you think the county gives the School Board enough money? Why or why not?

Nelson said that about 65 percent of the county's budget goes toward education and she sees that share staying the same or increasing. She said any budget has room for cuts and she would look for possible reductions if she's elected.

2. Do you support a tax to fund fire and rescue services? Why or why not?

No. Nelson said she does not support new taxes of any kind. Nelson said she understands the funding needs of the fire and rescue companies and if she had better information about how the money is being spent she would be better prepared to help them address their needs.

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3. Should the county help fund a new baseball stadium? Why or why not?

No. Minor league baseball is a for-profit business and the team owner is responsible for making those decisions.

4. Should the county provide funds for additional deputies and, if so, where should the money come from?

Nelson said she didn't know if there is a shortage of deputies. She would be willing to review the workload and consider adding deputies if they are working a lot of overtime.

5. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the county and why?

The comprehensive plan. Nelson said she doesn't support the current proposal because it doesn't allow for enough development. "Development brings jobs of all kinds to the county," she said. Washington County doesn't need such tight land-use restrictions in order to control growth, she said.

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