Friday, February 22, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Snow Creek District Supervisor Leland Mitchell has announced he is running for re-election.
Mitchell, 72, who is finishing his second four-year term on the board this year, said he will continue to "be a conservative," using a "common sense approach to spending."
"I think that's the approach we need to take," he said, adding that the economy is still an issue and there are "people in the county still hurting."
Mitchell said he also wants to remain on the board to see some projects completed, in particular those related to emergency services.
"I would like to see the emergency services communication plan carried through," he said. "Deputies and emergency workers can't communicate with each other in some areas of the county."
Mitchell said it will take an entirely new system to remedy the problem, and the board is currently studying options.
"The first priority is to take care of the people (first-responders), the volunteers, so they can do their jobs," he said. "It's a safety issue for residents."
Mitchell has been actively working with first-responders in Snow Creek and Fork Mountain.
"I've supported them both," he said. "The volunteers do a heck of a good job. We need our volunteers."
Mitchell is a fourth-generation resident of Sontag. He and his wife, Janet, have three children.