The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Election 2010

July 19, 2010

Major County Dist. 1 commissioner candidates set to face off on July 27

Brandon Harmon

Brandon T. Harmon, a Republican from Ringwood, is hoping to unseat John A. Haworth as Major County District 1 commissioner in the July 27 primary election.

Harmon, 27, also is running against Justin A. DeHaas of Meno. A runoff, if necessary, is Aug. 24. The winner will assume the post because no Democrat or independent filed for the office.

Harmon has been a member of Ringwood Fire Department for four years and has an EMT-1, Firefighter-1 and OSUFST-Instructor certification.

He holds an HVAC contractor license and currently works with AEC Services Inc.

“Through working in the HVAC, and small business industries, I have learned the importance of communication and respect of others on all levels,” Harmon said. “Knowing where and what costs need to be adjusted, are tools that I possess to be successful in this position. I’m willing to take any steps necessary to benefit the communities of Major County.”

If he is elected, Harmon said he will strive to improve and maintain county roads, bridges, waterways and ditches. He also wants to improve the addressing and enhance the 911 emergency system.

“I will take the necessary steps to secure the financial future of Major County,” Harmon said. “For example, I would like to decrease spending of our tax dollars by applying for every grant made available for our use.”

Justin DeHaas

Justin A. DeHaas, a Republican from Meno, is in a three-way race for the office of Major County commissioner of District 1.

DeHaas, 32, is running against incumbent John A. Haworth and Brandon Harmon for the position. The primary election is July 27, and a runoff, if necessary, is Aug. 24. The winner will assume the post because no Democrat or independent filed for the office.

DeHaas said he’s wanted to run for county commissioner for a while.

“After the last election, I was not satisfied with the new boss, and I didn’t think the leadership was going in the right direction,” DeHaas said. “I decided three years ago to (run).

“We need someone in office that’s going to answer their phone calls and give everyone the respect they need.”

DeHaas has been self-employed his whole professional career, running farm operations and doing other work. He owns 3D Outdoor Services, a business that sprays oil fields and residences.

If he is elected District 1 commissioner, DeHaas said his priorities will be to improve roads and the 911 system.

“Many of the roads we have out here are rock roads that are continually having (problems),” DeHaas said. “On a lot of those roads, I want to chip and seal those to make more permanent roads.”

DeHaas said he also wants to develop a formal way of doing projects in the county.

“We need a list of where we’re going to go,” he said. “I want to have a list of things to go by.”

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