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DAILEY — The two Democratic nominees for the Randolph County Commission participated in a candidates’ forum Wednesday night at the Homestead Community and Event Center.

The Randolph County Democratic Women’s Club hosted the event, which was open to all candidates running in the May 10 primary election.

Carol Cain Bush and Bob Jones, Democratic commission candidates, both attended the event.

The two will face each other in the primary. Republican Cris Siler, who was nominated to the Randolph County Commission in November to replace Mark Scott, is unopposed in the primary. He will meet the Democratic candidate in the fall elections.

Cain Bush, who previously served two terms on the Randolph County School Board and is currently the chair of the Youth Health Services Board of Directors, explained how proud she was to have raised her four children in the Randolph County.


“I have extensive experience in education, community outreach, grant writing, program development and project management,” she says. “I am a hard worker and a real community-minded person.

“I believe I am well prepared for the challenges facing Randolph County. I would like to apply everything I have learned over the years and put it in one place, and I believe the Randolph County Commission is that place. I therefore hope that you will support me with your vote on May 10.

Jones, who is currently a municipal judge for the town of Elkins, explained how proud he was to be a permanent resident of the county and how he wanted to bring the county commission back to the people.

“I am an open-minded thinker. I will gather information on a topic, ask for voter input and from there make my decisions on what I think is best for the county as a whole,” he said. “My goal is to bring people back to the county commission, or the county commission to the people. Right now we have two meetings a month during the day that the working class person cannot attend because they are at work. We must therefore have at least one of these meetings per month in the evening.

“I’m going to be a full-time commissioner and I plan to get out into the community and talk to people in the community. I also plan to take one Saturday a month and be at the commission office where people can come and talk to me about their problems.

Cain Bush and Jones talked to each other and joked during the rally. Each commented on how long they have known each other and how much they respect each other.

The two candidates noted that they had a lot in common, including extensive educational experience. Each is used to serving on high-profile boards and committees, which both say will be an asset if elected to the commission.

Early voting is underway in Randolph County and will continue through May 7. Those wishing to vote early can do so either at the Wees Annex on Randolph Avenue in Elkins or at the Russell Memorial Public Library in Mill Creek.

Early voting is scheduled Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 7.

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Melvin B. Baillie