John A. Haworth is hoping to retain his position as Major County commissioner of District 1 after the July 27 primary election.
Haworth, 58, a Republican, is running against Justin A. DeHaas and Brandon Harmon in the election. A runoff, if necessary, is Aug. 24. The winner will assume the post because no Democrat or independent filed for the office.
He has been county commissioner for three and a half years, and before that spent 43 years building roads and operating heavy equipment and 35 years in the trucking business.
“I’ve cut the labor expenses by about $15,000 a month,” Haworth said. “I’m freeing up more capital to repair and build roads. We recently did a half-mile asphalt overlay in Ringwood, a half mile from Meno. We have corrected several drainage problems not addressed by any previous commissioners.”
Haworth said he also wants to chip and seal several roads and work on the county’s enhanced 911 system, where the county would use a GPS to map all the addresses in a county.
“We’re waiting on the contractor to do the address cross-referencing,” Haworth said.
Other priorities for Haworth, if he is re-elected, are to improve mail and bus routes and make county roads passable so people can get to and from work more easily.