Two more candidates enter supervisors field

Two former county employees have filed for the primary election in an attempt to land a seat on the Marshall County Board of Supervisors.

Todd Kelley and Karen Wacome have filed as Republicans for the June 3 primary election and now join Bill Patten and incumbent Dave Thompson in the Republican field. No Democrat had filed for a spot as of midday Tuesday with the deadline being Wednesday afternoon. Two seats are up for election this year on the board.

Kelley, 48, of Albion, is the former buildings and grounds director for the county, who said he is currently working odd jobs for people. He has a background in public office – he is serving his second stint on the Albion City Council.

He said he was working on long-term facilities plans for the county, including work on the jail, before his termination and would like to see them to fruition.

“I’d like to finish up those projects,” Kelley said.

Although he said infrastructure needs should be addressed in the county, Kelley said a state 10-cent gas tax is not the way to go.

“You can get your infrastructure done and not tax the county that bad,” Kelley said.

Kelley said he has a good working relationship with the elected officials and county staff, which would serve him well as supervisor.

Wacome, 64, of rural Liscomb, retired earlier this year as a civil deputy with the sheriff’s office after a 34-year county career.

In her job, she said she dealt with a wide range of people and has made connections in the county.

“I’m a people person,” Wacome said. “I’m one-on-one, that’s how I work. I worked with the public every day for 34 years.”

She said she would like to see taxes go down but also feels infrastructure, such as bridges and roads, need to be improved.

She said the tax base also could be improved by promoting business in the county.

“We need to promote business and that’s a difficult thing,” Wacome said.