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February 21, 2014

Election Q&A: Johnston, Westley vie for Anderson County Judge




Q: What changes/improvements would you make if elected/re-elected for the next term?


When re-elected, I will continue to strengthen my relationships with our legislators and other agencies that are involved with economic development. I will continue my work for the veterans by increasing our staff in the Veterans Service Office. I will work with all elected officials to keep our budget balanced. I will continue my work with the auditor’s office to put more financial records online. We have solved many transparencies and will continue to make our records more easily available to the public. I am dedicated to enlarging our drug task force unit and will continue to look for funds to accomplish this goal.


Our current budget has areas of improvement with regards to priorities. I will reduce the travel and education allowances for the County Judge. Going to unnecessary conferences is a waste of the taxpayer’s money which can be applied elsewhere. Increasing funding to the volunteer fire departments and increasing security are priorities as well as improving the pay structure for employees. We must improve access to veteran services and develop incentives to reward and retain the great employees we have that make our county operate and keep us safe.

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