Name: David Ray Abbott
Office Sought: County Councilman at Large
City of Residence: Charlestown
Political Party: Democrat
Political Experience: Eight years on the County Council
Family: Married 22 years, wife, Cheri Abbott; two children, David Jr., 17, Erica, 15
Occupation: Owner of Abbott’s Lawn and Fence Company
WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE?: I enjoy serving the people of Clark County. I care what happens in our government that could help people in their life.
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS WOULD YOU BRING TO THIS OFFICE?: I have been a County Councilman for two terms, president four years of those eight years.
WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT ISSUE FACING THIS OFFICE AND HOW WOULD YOU ADDRESS IT IF ELECTED? Budget, working with office holders to balance the county budget each year. I work well with them.
HOW DO YOU PLAN TO MANAGE THE COUNTY’S EXPENSES ON THE BUDGETS BEING APPROVED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT FINANCE? Office holders turn in their budget to the council. Our job is to cut if needed to make it work.
DO YOU THINK IT IS NECESSARY TO INCREASE THE COUNTY’S REVENUE? IF SO, WHAT ARE SOME OPTIONS FOR RAISING THE REVENUE THE COUNTY IS BRINGING IN? No. The office holders have done a good job keeping their budget low. I will not vote for a increase.
ARE YOU IN FAVOR OF MANDATES IF THE COUNTY IS UNABLE TO COVER ITS EXPENSES AGAIN? WHY OR WHY NOT? The judges have to work with them on their budget. If not, they can mandate. The County Council has no say on a mandate. I thinks we can stand on our own two feet without mandates. I am not in favor of mandates.
Name: David Ray Abbott
- Election 2012
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Turnout led to big Election Day problems in Clark County
Large voter turnout, ballot shortages and training issues led to long lines and late tabulations on Election Day in Clark County, according to the county clerk.
Pence promises to go forward with education overhaul, tax cut pledge
Pence dodged some of the more pointed questions about Bennett, saying he’d leave to the press to speculate about the reasons for Bennett’s loss.
But he also rejected the notion that Bennett’s ouster at the hands of Democrat Glenda Ritz was a sign that voters rejected the sweeping changes in education, which include vouchers for private schools, merit pay for teachers and more high-stakes testing for students.
Davisson retains Statehouse seat
In District 73, final totals were not available on election night, but incumbent Republican Steve Davisson was able to defeat Democratic challenger Sandra Blanton with 13,354 votes, or 54 percent, to 11,159 votes, or 46 percent.
- Obama bets electorate matches 2008 — and wins
Republicans take control of Floyd County Council
Republicans gained control of the council by winning two of the three At-large seats. The council is now made up of five Republicans and two Democrats.
Voter turnout strong, but down from 2008 numbers
In the 2012 general election 53.9 percent of registered voters, or 47,806 of 88,631 registered voters, cast a ballot. A total of 6,723 of those ballots were absentee.
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