Craighead County Judge's race garners a lot of local attention

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "I've spent my entire life working for the citizens of Craighead County," said Craighead County Judge candidate, Ed Hill.

An attentive crowd listened on Monday night as some of the candidates vying  for the Craighead County Judge's seat answered questions and explained why they're running.

"The word "can't" or "quit" is not in my vocabulary," said Craighead County Judge candidate, Ray Kidd.

Brooks Griffith says he thinks the county's road maintenance needs to be a top priority for who ever is elected.  He says he believes good roads mean good opportunities.

"When you have good roads, good transportation, it's definitely going to bring in industry to this area.   We have a very good workforce in Craighead County," said Griffith.

Keeping and creating jobs and maintaining roads are issues current Craighead County Judge Dale Haas says must be priorities.  Haas says it's a job with great responsibilities

"I'd like to see more industrial development happen in the community.   That's a financial commitment that someone from this position has to realize how to manage the resources," said Haas.

Dale Haas is not seeking re-election.  He says the person who is elected must be a team player with a vision to advance the county.

"What can we do together with the resources that we have to resolve our issues and move forward," said Haas.

"Attracting new industry and promoting new jobs in the county," said Craighead County Judge candidate, George Johnson.

For Brooks Griffith, he says it's important to hear from the candidates now, in order to make an informed decision at the polls later.

"What I think we need to do is get some kind of a road plan," said Craighead County Judge candidate, Duane Harvey.

"I think it's very important that people get involved in government--that they know what's going on," said Griffith.

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