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Oakes announces bid for County Commissioner

 

ELIZABETH HEFFNER

Staff Writer

 

Lincoln County resident Martin Oakes announced Wednesday that he plans to run for a seat as County Commissioner on the Republican ticket.

“I view myself as a defender of taxpayers, and will try to shine light on inequalities in taxation and on wasteful spending — such as almost $20 million on renovations to the Citizens Center and old hospital which don’t produce any savings or any new revenues,” Oakes said in a press release.

If elected, Oakes plans to create two Planning Boards for the West and East zoning regions of the county so that the rules are better tuned to the areas. His plans also include cutting taxes by one percent and cutting the water rate by 5 percent to eliminate the subsidy to sewer customers.

“Citizens deserve to have more say in the issues of the day,” Oakes said. “Your voice should be heard, and you should actively be asked your opinions about issues that impact us all. Commissioners should vote your agenda, not their own.”

Oakes has served on the Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee for several years as well as the county Republican Executive Committee as Treasurer. He currently serves as the Treasurer of the county Republican Men’s Club and Assistant Treasurer of the Republican 10th District Committee.

Oakes is no stranger to political campaigning. In 2010, he finished 10 votes behind current County Commissioner Jim Klein and, in 2012, he finished behind current County Commissioner Chairman Alex Patton. Those interested in learning more about Oakes’ campaign should visit www.electmartinoakes.org.

 

 

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