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Open Adams County Commission post draws two candidates

The race is on in Adams County with Brad Hofland and Kathy Vliem competing for a two-year County Commission position. The position is being vacated by Chuck Christman, who is running for a four-year position. Hofland and Vliem are Adams County na...

The race is on in Adams County with Brad Hofland and Kathy Vliem competing for a two-year County Commission position.

The position is being vacated by Chuck Christman, who is running for a four-year position.

Hofland and Vliem are Adams County natives.

Vliem, 56, resides about seven miles north of White Butte.

"I'm honest and I say what's on my mind and if there is something going on that people have issues with, I will not sit at the table and make a decision," Vliem said. "I will go out and look at what's going on. I'm more of a hands-on type of person than to try to figure it out, you know sitting at the table."

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Hofland, 69, resides in Reeder.

"I think I have a pretty good education as far as roads and structures that go along with it, social problems and all those things," Hofland said. "I have a lot of experience in all those areas so I thought I'd give the county a choice between me and someone else."

He would like to work on retaining young people in the county and said a lack of desirable employment is a factor.

"So there's a lot of work to be done to see what we can do for expansion for our current people and our current businesses and things of that nature," Hofland said. "It's just something we'd really have to look at to see what we have for programs available, whether federal or state."

Vliem has been working with Adams County producers countywide since 2001 and she would like to get communities involved in neighborhood watch programs "especially because of drug problems."

"They're just getting so bold about exchanging drugs right out in the open, anymore," she said. "I'm promoting positive change."

Hofland was an active member of 4-H when he was young and said he wants to give back to the county.

Vliem would also like to address road issues.

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"We live on about seven or eight miles of gravel ourselves, so it's an issue," Vliem said. "I'll pretty much tackle whatever's put in front of me."

Other Adams County positions include:

- Commissioner (four-year term): Chuck Christman

- Auditor/treasurer: Patricia Carroll

- State's attorney: Aaron Roseland

- Recorder: Ginger Dangerud

- Sheriff: Randall Raasch vs. Eugene Molbert

- Supervisor, Soil Conservation District: Rob Buckmier

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