Marc Bolz, a 22-year Garfield County employee, is a candidate for the District 1 commissioner seat in the July 27 Republican primary.
He will face off July 27 in the GOP primary with two opponents, Dennis McKinzie and Russell Bowling. They are seeking to replace Steve Hobson, of Covington, who did not run for re-election.
If no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary, a runoff between the top two vote-getters is scheduled for Aug. 24. The winner of the Republican primary will assume the post because no Democrat or independent candidates filed for office.
Bolz has been a truck driver, worked on the bridge crew and served as receiving officer, safety coordinator and heavy equipment operator in District 1. For six years Bolz has been highway superintendent, floodplain manager, safety director and right of way acquisitions manager. He also works on drainage studies, an area where he thinks District 1 needs improvement.
“Steve has done a good job,” he said of Hobson. “But there are some areas that need work. We must have good drainage or we won’t have good roads.”
Bolz said among the problems the county is facing is a diminishing budget, which the new commissioner will have to deal with.
“We also need to protect roads and bridges and our infrastructure,” he said.
In addition to improving drainage where needed, Bolz wants to maintain the working relationship between Garfield County and the city of Enid.
“I have a relationship with the engineering, safety, fire departments and 911 center already,” he said. “I have been involved in improving our county fire departments and to get the countywide 911 in place and I will continue to work in those areas.”
Bolz also emphasized good maintenance of school bus and mail routes and the safety of the traveling public on District 1 roads and bridges.
A lifelong Garfield County resident, Bolz lives in Covington. He also has served as a rural firefighter for 23 years, serving four years as assistant chief and 13 years as fire chief. Bolz is a former school board member of Covington-Douglas Public Schools and is a member of Covington First Baptist Church.