Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Watauga Conservative Looks at the Primaries,.....THE COUNTY COMMISSION RACES

Two County Commission races on this year's GOP Primary ballot. 

The District 3 RACE - Karen Greene Lerch vs Matt Klutz 

Karen Greene Lerch and Husband
 The winner of the May 5th primary between Karen Green Lerch and Matt Klutz, will face off against incumbent Billy Kennedy in the November elections. Mr Kennedy, while beatable, has been in campaign mode mostly full time since first losing his bid for Virginia Foxx's US House seat. Kennedy defeated Tommy Adams for the County Commission seat in 2012, winning a 2 year term. He has accomplished nothing as  commissioner, usually voting to support whatever agenda the Boone town council wants him to support. Nevertheless, he has shown himself to be a strong campaigner and has the full force of the local Democrat machine behind him. It will take a strong campaigner to beat him

Matt Klutz at work at family business
Both Republican candidates come from long standing local families. Matt is the Son of Tommy and Ruth Klutz both of whom have been active in the party for a long time. Tommy was, until recently, a Blowing Rock town council member. I have not had much personal experience with Matt...he was a late entry into the race and I did not know him before that time.
 Karen also has deep roots in Watauga County,  My experiences with both candidates have been positive but I have known Karen longer and have observed her over the years active in Republican party activitiesl She normally can be found at election time passing out literature at one of the polling sites. Of the two candidates, she comes across to me as the more likely contender to beat Kennedy in November. As we used to say, she also has a "deep Rolodex" ..is well known and well thought of in the community and seems to have been more active over the years on the political scene. I beleive her to be the more conservative of the two and the most likely to win in November.

Each candidate seems to speak highly of the others and both have publicly stated that the winner of this primary will have the 100% support of the other! A good positive campaign from two good candidates. Either will serve us well!
Facebook Campaign Page Matt Klutz               Facebook Campaign Page for Karen Greene Lerch 
 The District 5 race ....Allen Trivette vs Jimmy Hodges. Two former commissioners square off to represent Distrct 5 against Liberal School board member Barbara Kinsey in November.

Once again, a race where either will represent us well! Allen is the owner of Allen Trivette's 194 Tire - He previously served on the Watauga County Commission where he earned the reputation of being a frugal, tight fisted and conservative steward of the county's moneyl Allen can be counted on NOT to raise taxes nor to spend excessively. 

Jimmy Hodges, (Weber-Hodges Realty) is a former DEMOCRAT chairman of the Watauga County ccommision. Hodges served as commissioner and as chair in the late 90s and certainly earned a reputation of working well with others. He seemed fiscally responsible and , the word is, was pretty much "ousted" by the local Dem machine because he was "too conservative".....Hodges is said to have remarked "I didn't leave the party, the party left me".

I have no reservations personally about either of these gentlemen. Hodges is certainly the more sophisticated of the two - a little more "polished" if you will and more likely to facilitate a solution than to insist on one. He is very popular in the area, very personable and will very likely appeal to an extremely broad base of voters. He is, in my opinion, much the stronger of the two candidates.

Like in the District 3 race both candidates have pledged their support to whichever wins the primary. My bet is that this is going to be a very low key primary race, that Mr Hodges will win and will go on to beat Barbara Kinsey in November. That should be good news to all the Democrats who voted Mrs Kinsey onto the school board for a four year term less than a year and a half ago.

 

6 comments:

Blogger said...

Many thanks to the research and thought that NewGuy put into the work above. I so much respect NewGuy's understanding of the issues that when I voted, I went completely by his recommendations. When I came out of the voting place I said to a friend "I just voted a straight NewGuy ticket."

NewGuy said...

Probably not wise, Blogger.....but flattering! Thanks.


I had some difficulty in the county commission races because I think any of the 4 candidates would be pretty much acceptable......And Allen Trivette may well be the most conservative of the group. It made me think of what I had said to Guy F earlier about voting for the most conservative candidate with a chance of winning.

I may have 'bent' my rule a bit....I think he is the most conservative and I think he has a chance of winning....but not nearly as GOOD a chance as the more popular Hodges.

Reader said...

Thanks New Guy! This is the post I wanted to see.


I was waiting to see if anyone felt the same as I do. I do like Allen but Hodges is conservative also...will be something to think on. Don't know Matt but do know Karen. Will go vote this week.

NewGuy said...

Thanks, Reader. I hope the info was helpful if only in some small way.

The good news is that, no matter what happens Tuesday, we should be going forward with 3 good County Commission candidates for November.

Hopefully, in the next day or two, I can complete this series.

Still have District Attorney, School Board and Supreme Court justice to go.

(Supreme Court will be easy!)

Anonymous said...

One Correction:

Becka Saunders, Billy Kenndy's wife, "has been in campaign mode mostly full time since first losing (their) bid for Virginia Foxx's US House seat."

True, Kenndy is a willing participant, but it is his wife who makes the decisions.

Saunders is a power hungry radical with delusions of grandeur, but savvy enough to realize that she is unelectable.

The solution to her problem was simple: get Billy elected, and then tell him what to do.

It will be interesting to see what office she has Billy run for after losing their County Commissioner seat.

Maybe Billy will be the Liberal's next sacrificial lamb to run against Jonathan Jordan in 2016? I guess we'll have to wait and see what Becka decides....

Anonymous said...

One Correction:

Becka Saunders, Billy Kenndy's wife, "has been in campaign mode mostly full time since first losing (their) bid for Virginia Foxx's US House seat."

True, Kenndy is a willing participant, but it is his wife who makes the decisions.

From my point of view, Saunders is a power hungry radical with delusions of grandeur, but savvy enough to realize that she is unelectable.

The solution to her problem was simple: get Billy elected, and then tell him what to do.

It will be interesting to see what office she has Billy run for after losing their County Commissioner seat.

Maybe Billy will be the Liberal's next sacrificial lamb to run against Jonathan Jordan in 2016? I guess we'll have to wait and see what Becka decides....