Three Republican candidates are running to be the next supervisor of Lauderdale County's District 1.
After serving two terms previously, Hank Florey said he chose not to run for re-election in 2003 because his mother became ill.
"I just didn't feel like I could take care of her and fulfill my duties as a full-time supervisor," said Florey. "And it is a full-time job. After sitting out for 3 and a half years, I see some mistakes I made while I was on the board and I see some ways that the board can be improved."
Florey says those ways include making the public more aware of what's going on in county government. He says that the board should begin having a monthly news conference to better inform the public of what is going on.
Fellow Republican, Rusty Harrison, said he agrees that changes do need to be made. And he says the changes need to start from the top.
"The main thing that I'd like to see changed in this community is effective leadership, which I think we have a lack of. That's my number one goal, is providing leadership of both city and county government," Harrison said.
Republican candidate Bill McBride says that the bickering on the board of supervisors is preventing growth in the county. He says his 40 years of experience working with a diverse group of people both in and out of government can help bring unity to the board.
"When we learn how to cooperate, we can move that out into the community and the other elected officials and community leaders," McBride said. "And that's what it's going to take. If we don't unify and work together and have one central focus on what we want in this community, I don't believe we will grow economically and industrially."
The Republican primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 7. There are no Democratic candidates for Lauderdale County supervisor in District 1.