Q & A with Lincoln County Commissioner Dist. 4 incumbent Walter Johnson

Published: Apr. 13, 2020 at 4:01 PM CDT
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Read our Q & A with Lincoln County Commissioner District 4 incumbent Walter "Walt" Johnson below. We did not edit the candidate's response.

What is your priority project - what is driving you to represent District 4 in the 2020 Election?

My priorities are improving county roads and keeping control of taxes. I am driven to be a county commissioner, because of my continued desire to preform a civic duty and support our great community.

How will you address road repair priorities? What is on your one/6 year road list?

Road priorities need to be governed by general criteria: Condition of the road, amount of traffic, type of traffic, and whether it's an arterial road or a secondary road.

What is the County's role in economic Development?

The county's principle role in economic development is prudent expenditure of tax money and to work with the city and villages to expand economic development.

Thoughts on jail expansion and what that should look like? How do you see growth as a revenue generator?

With Federal and State mandates, I feel that the jail expansion will benefit Lincoln County as well as surrounding counties.

How are you going to control property taxes?

Prudent spending is the only way to control tax dollars at this level of government.

What is your budget priority in terms of controlling expenses?

I feel you have to look at all the department budgets and encourage each of them to be prudent in their expenditures.

What is going to be the County's biggest challenge over the next four years?

Roads and taxes are number 1, but it will also be important to work with the city and villages to compete for new industries in our community.

Why should voters choose you as Commissioner? What separates you from the other candidates?

I feel that I have the time and ability to represent district 4 and the entire county which I have been a proud resident of my entire life.

Do you support the actions taken by local government officials to combat the spread of COVID-19? What, if any, changes would you propose?

Yes, I feel that all the local officials have done an exceptional job, considering what little knowledge was known about COVID-19.

How will you support the economy now and after social distancing requirements end?

It is always important to support our local economy. The social distancing will be hard on many local businesses, so it will be important to support these business once the crisis is over to help the recover their losses.

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