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|
|Matt Klutz at work at family business|
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.