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Don’t know who to vote for in a crowded race for property assessor? The Southern Standard wants to help.
The Standard has been conducting video interviews with the candidates to give them a chance to express their views and say why they deserve your vote. The video segments are currently available for viewing at
Thus far, six of the 14 candidates who have qualified for the property assessor’s race have participated in this Meet the Candidates promotion. They are Jacob Smith, Michael Hillis, Doyle Bratcher, Morford Bryant, Beth Martin and Jeff McGee.
Candidates are asked a couple questions and given a chance to tell about their family and job qualifications during the interview. The video segments can be up to five minutes long, but some are shorter depending on the candidate.
Other candidates have interviews scheduled in the coming days and those will be posted online as soon as they are complete.
“Deciding who to vote for can be a difficult decision,” said Standard publisher Patricia Zechman. “We realize many candidates do their best to campaign throughout the county in an effort to reach voters, but it’s impossible to talk to everyone. This gives candidates a chance to talk to a potentially wide audience of voters. You can log onto our website and see what they have to say.”
Election administrator Donna Smith says the 14 candidates are the most she can remember running for a single office. She has been with the election office since the mid-’70s. They are vying to replace retiring property assessor Carolyn Miller.
Eleven candidates are running in the Democratic primary, which will be March 6. All of the above-mentioned candidates are seeking the Democratic nomination, along with Morris Bond, Randy England, Helen Martin, Mia-Lan Powers, and David S. Hill.
Running as independents are Danny Clay Martin and Paul Studer. William Studer is running as a Republican.
After the Democratic primary, the general election will be held in August.
To access the online video segments, go to There is a black box under the Southern Standard logo at the top of the home page. In that black box, click on “multimedia” and that will take you to the videos.