Incumbent Commissioner Michael Pipe and commissioner hopeful Mark Higgins both pushed the benefit of a Democratic-majority commission in the county. Pipe expressed his concerns about too much privatization of county services, including nursing facilities, financial services and possibly mental health and corrections services.
“I’m not going to be able to do anything with two Republican commissioners,” he said. “Let’s make sure we can fight against privatization efforts.”
Afterward, Pipe said he would still work with Commissioners Steve Dershem and Chris Exarchos throughout the year, but he is focusing on the November election.
“The off-year elections are always a lower turnout, so the fact that we had about as much as we had last year for the gubernatorial races is good,” he said. “Let’s get out and vote and be present in the polls.”