Meet the candidates: Gallia County Commissioner


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Adkins

Adkins


Montgomery


Editor’s Note: As we approach the November General Election, the Gallipolis Daily Tribune will be running articles allowing the candidates in contested races to introduce themselves and tell the voters why they are running for office. Each candidate is asked, in their own words, to respond to two questions — tell us about yourself and why are you running for this office.

GALLIPOLIS — Gallia County voters will be choosing between Incumbent Harold G. Montgomery (R) and challenger Randall Adkins (D).

Responses submitted by the candidates to the Tribune, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Randall Adkins

Tell us about yourself

Hello, Gallia County. My Name is Randy Adkins and I am running for Gallia County Commissioner. I live in Bidwell, Ohio. I lived most of my childhood in Bidwell, but after my father’s death, we moved to Columbus where I graduated from Westland High School. I furthered my education by joining the Army where I proudly served my country. The Army taught me many leadership skills and qualities, and for a time, I was an acting section chief. I am also a member of the DAV, AmVets and American Legion.

After moving back to Bidwell, I became a certified Stihl technician and have been so for 24 years. I currently work at O’Dell Lumber. I have also been a Morgan Township Trustee for 19 years and feel that my experience in roadwork, flooding and environmental grants and working with FEMA and budgeting would make me an asset to the people of Gallia County.

I was an assistant manager of a cable company out of Pennsylvania that served nine states where I took classes on several different highway utilities, environmental business, local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Why I decided to run for this office

“I’d like to see some jobs come here and support the youth, farmers, businesses and schools. I want to see the county grow. We need to get broadband down here. I think that’s the key to getting jobs and everything here. It feels like the county is at a stand still. I’ve been looking and I feel like we’ve lost a bit of population. I want to see the county turn around and start picking up,” said Adkins.

“I’ve worked with different groups like small businesses and ran a cable company that worked in nine states. I want to get out and get people so they stay in Gallia County. We don’t want to lose our kids. If we don’t get some more good jobs, they’ll go away and find jobs elsewhere,” he continued. “The opioids are gaining on our county…I’d like to work with groups like Field of Hope to fix it.”

Adkins said he has volunteered with alcohol and drug abuse veterans support initiatives.

“We have better roads and have put in a lot of culverts and bought new equipment,” said Adkins of his time as a township trustee. “I think I’ve done a lot for the township. I’ve gotten several grants and worked with FEMA….I go after every one I can.”

“I would be honored to have your support in this election and if I’m elected, I will be a fully committed commissioner and work to be a voice for the people of Gallia County,” said Adkins.

Harold G. Montgomery

Tell us about yourself

Harold Montgomery is the Republican candidate for re-election as Gallia County Commissioner.

A lifelong resident of Gallia County, Montgomery grew up on a farm in Crown City where he attended Crown City Elementary School. Later, Montgomery graduated from Hannan Trace High School. After high school, he went on to graduate from Huntington Barber College, and has owned and operated Montgomery’s Barber Shop in Downtown Gallipolis for 53 years.

He currently resides in Green Township with his wife Sandra (Fulks) Montgomery, and they share one daughter, Lorna (Greg) Adkins, and five grandchildren.

Montgomery retired from the Gallipolis Volunteer Fire Department after 26 years where he received the Distinguished Service Award, is a former member of the Gallipolis Area Jaycees, has coached numerous boys and girls youth sports teams in the Green School area, is a member of the Patriot Masonic Lodge, Gallipolis Hillbilly Club, BPOE Lodge 107, Gallia County Agricultural Society, Gallia County Cattleman’s Association, Gallia County Clerks and Trustees Association, Gallia County Farm Bureau, and is a Kentucky Colonel.

Montgomery has served as a County Commissioner from 1991 – 1998, 2003 – 2006, and 2011 to present, and has served several terms throughout the years as President of the Board of County Commissioners.

Why I decided to run for this office

I am seeking re-election as your Gallia County Commissioner because there is work to be done in terms of making Gallia County a more attractive and competitive job market, and I want to see it to the end.

It is easy to identify the problems. I want to be part of the solution. We can’t just wish upon a star — it takes planning and hard work to be successful.

I am concerned for the safety of our citizens, and focused on maintaining a healthy budget. In order to accomplish anything in Gallia County, there has to be effective, and fiscally responsible, budget management. We can’t pursue the development of the county, or provide emergency personnel with the equipment they need to keep our citizens safe, without a strong financial base. On two occasions, I have inherited an unbalanced budget, bringing it back to a balanced state both times. With a healthy budget, we can provide needed services to support our county’s citizens, especially the seniors and our youth. I believe Gallia County is on the threshold of being competitive, and attracting new jobs. I want to be part of this continued countywide growth and improvement. Because of my experience and qualifications, I am ready and able to continue leading Gallia County in a positive direction over the next four years. I would appreciate your vote on November 6th.

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