We put a call out to our community and asked what questions you had for these candidates. Questionnaires were sent out July 19 with responses expected by July 23. Candidates were either contacted by email, tagged via social media, called, or contacted using multiple methods whenever information was available. We also offered to extend the deadline or troubleshoot any problems if they had an interest in completing the questionnaire.
Candidates who elected not to respond:
- Will McKay
- James R. Beaver
- Joe Lusignan
What are the top 5 issues which you think are facing this position? How do you differ from others running on these issues?
As a member of the Board of Health, what would you change in order to better meet the following challenges? 1.) The current pandemic; 2.) challenges in the area of Behavioral Health (Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health); and 3.) future epidemics?
In your newly elected position, would you consider supporting legislation to create a larger, more representative County Commission of five or seven members instead of three? Please explain your reasoning.
The availability and level of care concerning mental health services and substance abuse treatment in Benton and Franklin Counties is significantly lower than in communities of similar size in the state. How will you work to improve this?
As a member of the Board of Health, do you feel the board should only be made up of commissioners? Or are you open/willing to add additional members who come from medical professions?
Do you support Black Lives Matter? (yes/no)
Do you believe that there is systemic racism in Benton/Franklin counties? Thinking about actions you could take from this elected position, what do you think the top priorities of our community should be in response—particularly in our law enforcement and justice system?
Black and Latinx community members are twice as likely to die from the coronavirus as white community members. What are your thoughts on the reasons for this? And what would you propose to do at a policy level to address the disparity?
How will you improve the relationships between Benton and Franklin counties to increase the effectiveness of bi-County organizations? Do you support separating traditionally shared functions between Benton and Franklin County, such as the Courts and the Public Health system?
What are your thoughts on pushing forward legislation to move our state/district/county/city to Ranked Choice Voting?
Should we reopen indoor restaurants, bars, gyms, and movie theaters before our case numbers go down, we’ve flattened the curve and built up our testing/tracing capacity to CDC-recommended levels?
What metrics should be met before schools reopen? And what precautions should be taken once they’re open to limit COVID-19 spread?