Two candidates, two views. Fayetteville Alderman Mark Kinion is running as the Democrat for Washington County judge. Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood is running as the Republican for Washington County judge.
“Washington County can be the premiere county and I want to be able to bring that leadership and that enthusiasm,” said Wood.
“I’m a native son of Washington County and the timing seems to be right,” said Kinion.
According to Alderman Kinion’s website, he wants voters to know he will listen and serve. He’s served as Alderman for two terms and says that’s one reason he’s most qualified.
“Being part of municipal government, I know how the municipalities have to interact in the county,” said Kinion. “The most important thing I think I’m bringing is my 23 years of executive experience and the corporate world where I was always having to show accountability.”
Deputy Secretary of State Joseph Wood says his six and a half years in that office and his career in the corporate world set him apart.
“I’ve really been able to really develop my executive administration piece which is really going to the critical in the role of county judge,” said Wood.
When asked about the priorities for the position of county judge, Kinion focused on some of the controversial issues of the current administration, sustainable bridges.
“The roads in the county are our ribbons of commerce. I’m out in the county a lot and I see the importance of managing the roads, managing the access for deliverables. We have to have good bridges.”
Wood also keeping development top of mind. He wants to maintain the high standard of Washington County in order to bring people to NWA.
“I want to focus on the infrastructure, I want to focus on the destination. How do we continue to make sure people keep coming here? Making sure our employees are safe and secure, our public is safe and secure,” said Wood.
Both candidates touching on safety and both vying for you vote as CEO of Washington County.
Check out Mark Kinion’s website here.
Check out Joseph Wood’s website here.
This story was published by Channing Barker.