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The decision by veteran District 2 Adams County Commissioner Ed Coil not to seek re-election this year has attracted two Republicans who are vying for the seat. Wes Kuntzman, executive director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce, will square off May 6 against former county treasurer Rex Moore. Both candidates were issued an identical set of questions as part of the Daily Democrat’s pre-election coverage. Following are their responses.
Kuntzman resides at 230 Clover Lane, Monroe. He has served on the Adams Central School’s board of education for 16 years and currently is the board’s vice president. He is employed as the executive director of the Decatur Chamber of Commerce. He was coordinator of the Adams County 4Community Project building collaboration between all entities in Adams County.
Moore resides at 2702W 450N, Decatur. He was elected county treasurer in November 2004 and took office Jan. 1, 2006 (the position is a “holdover” office). He was re-elected in November of 2008.
His business background includes positions as an auditor, accountant, chief financial officer, small business owner, tax practitioner and banker.
Q. What is your main reason for seeking this office?
KUNTZMAN: Exciting things are happening in Adams County. I want to be a part of it and use my leadership experience to move Adams County forward. Commissioner is a leadership position. We need effective leadership to move Adams County forward. I have the proven leadership experience to provide effective leadership for Adams County.
Commissioner is a part time position. The commissioners must not become micromanagers. They must appoint/hire good people then empower them to do their jobs. My leadership experience has taught me that this is the most effective way to lead.
MOORE: My educational experience — business management and accounting — and extensive background in the accounting and financial areas have provided the building blocks which will enable me to adequately fulfill the responsibilities of a commissioner. The responsibilities of a commissioner will take a commitment of time. I’m at a point in my life where I can devote that time. I enjoyed my service as county treasurer and would look forward to serving Adams County residents in the capacity of commissioner.
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