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Pudder challenges See for seat

Chris See

“My name is Chris See and I have been your County Commissioner for the last 12 years. It has been an honor and privilege to work and serve the people of Randolph County.

“I have owned and operated See’s Automotive for the last 20 years. I have been married to Debbie for the last 38 years. She is a nurse for The GI center at Davis Medical Center. We have two children, Adam See and wife Samantha and Samantha Quezada and husband Joe; and two grandkids, Miles and Laila Quezada.

“I graduated from Tygarts Valley High School and have been a coach for Tygarts Valley Little League for 10 years and also a past coach for the George Ward basketball team for eight years.

“I enjoy helping the community and the kids because they are our future county leaders. I would appreciate your vote as a Democratic candidate for re-election.”

1) What is the top goal you want to accomplish as a county commissioner?

Right now we need to set all goals aside and concentrate on keeping the county financially stable during the COVID pandemic.

2) What can the county do to make up for the loss of hotel/motel tax revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic?

First, we do not want to burden Randolph County taxpayers. We do not know what kind of shortfalls we are going to have in revenues but we will know more in March when we start the budget process. We will work with the funds we have and due a fiscally responsible budget.

3) What is a problem that Randolph County has that has been spotlighted this year by the pandemic, and what can be done to solve it?

I feel that the Elkins- Randolph County Health Department, Bonnie Woodrum, the Randolph County 911 Center, Cindy Hart, Davis Medical Center, all the 1st responders and elected officials working together have handled this situation well. We should be proud as a county for everyone working together during the pandemic.

Christopher Pudder

“I am Christopher Pudder, your Republican candidate for Randolph County Commission.

“I am a West Virginia native, having spent my entire life between Barbour and Randolph counties, until making Dailey my homestead. I am a father to two beautiful, kind-spirited daughters.

“I have spent nearly two decades assisting hundreds of clients with what is potentially the biggest monetary decision of their life, their home purchase. I have built a reputable real estate practice based on the principles of honesty, integrity, values and trust.

“I would apply these same principles as your Commissioner. I appreciate your support and look forward to working for the residents of Randolph County.”

1) What is the top goal you want to accomplish as a county commissioner?

My top priority as County Commissioner is to serve and unify the residents of Randolph County; to act as the voice of the people of Randolph County when making decisions.

2) What can the county do to make up for the loss of hotel/motel tax revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The loss of hotel/motel tax revenue is just a fraction of what has been lost due to the Covid Pandemic. As everyone knows, it’s had a negative impact on nearly every aspect of the business spectrum. Monetarily, everyone has been forced to make changes to somehow stay afloat. Not being able to have social gatherings and events has significantly caused a decline in hotel/motel stays; the Forest Festival being a front runner as it was a huge revenue generator. As far as the county making up the loss of revenue; we have to remember that the stresses of the pandemic will eventually ease and the hotel/motel tax revenue will begin to stabilize. For the time being, it’s a balancing act. The revenue from hotel/motel tax is primarily used to promote tourism and since that industry has also been stunned by Covid, it will eventually balance out once we have regained a sense of economic normalcy.

3) What is a problem that Randolph County has that has been spotlighted this year by the pandemic, and what can be done to solve it?

As opposed to pointing out a specific problem that has been spotlighted by the pandemic, I would rather take the opportunity to spotlight some of the positives that have been displayed by the citizens of Randolph County. It’s impressive how quickly and efficiently our school system and educators were able to continue feeding the children and families in our county.

It was heartwarming to see how many residents offered support and assistance to the elderly and those in need of food, medicine and supplies during the onset of the virus and moving forward this offering of support continues throughout our communities. Our small town hospital and medical providers were quick to implement procedures to lessen the likelihood of an outbreak within the hospital campus.

The citizens of Randolph County should be proud that we were able to adjust and adapt to a massive lifestyle change without the presence of chaotic activity within our county. I would also like to take this opportunity to spotlight the good that members of certain social media action groups have done in cleaning up around Randolph County, Elkins Make it Shine, among others… you are appreciated and your work is not unseen! As County Commissioner, I will work for the citizens of Randolph County!

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