Smith, Thompson face off to be Adair County Commissioner

Nov 6, 2012

Adair County residents will vote for a Second District County Commissioner Tuesday.

Larry Lee Smith is challenging the incumbent Mark Thompson in the election for Adair County Second District Commissioner.

Smith, who’s a farmer, said he decided to run for the position because he is concerned with road and bridge maintenance in Adair County.

“I don’t like to hear cutbacks on our road and bridge employees and on an hourly basis and so I don’t know what happened to their budget, how they failed to get something in?" Smith said. "I just want to scan that budget.”

Smith served as Adair County Commissioner from 1978 to 1979.

Incumbent commissioner Mark Thompson said the position means being faced with more business decisions.

“In Adair County, unfortunately, we have a lot of needs and we don’t have very much money to take care of those needs," Thompson said. "So, we do the best we can with what we have to do with it.”

In addition to overseeing the county’s roads and bridges, the commission approves its annual budget and establishes policy,