TORI J. NORRIS | THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
While everyone is out to the polls next Tuesday, the residents of District 4 will have the opportunity to place a vote for their selection in the County Commissioner race.
District 4 is the only district with opposition during this election. Current commissioner Alan Whittle is seeking reelection and Robert Blankenship is seeking to replace Whittle.
Alan Whittle has served one term as county commissioner. He is retired from the Butler County Schools. Whittle said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed doing and helping others in the county.”
While a commissioner, he is most proud of the paving of several miles of major collector roads in Butler County. “We used ten million dollars to repave these major roads,” said Whittle. “The roads considered major collector are those who have high traffic counts.”
If reelected, Whittle hopes to see funds available to pave the minor collector and county roads in Butler County. “I wish we had the funds to do more,” said Whittle. “I would also love to see improvements done to the courthouse.”
“I want to continue working with the other commissioners on the work for the county,” said Whittle.
Lifelong Butler County resident Robert Blankenship believes he would be a good commissioner for District 4 because he is a people person. “I believe the people of District 4 need a representative for the people, not the position.”
Blankenship has been involved in the community for many years at the parks and recreation department and youth development is important to him.
“I want to see a youth movement,” said Blankenship. “Whether we like it or not, our youth are our future and we need to invest in them. The Bible says an idle man is a devil’s workshop, so we need to give the youth something to do.”
Blankenship says if he is blessed to be elected, he would like to start a youth mentoring program to get the youth involved in politics. “They need to learn the democratic process and I would love to see people mentor the youth to eventually replace themselves in their positions.”
Blankenship also wants to create careers for Butler county residents, not jobs. “I want to see us develop jobs people can be proud of,” said Blankenship. “I want our Butler county residents to return home after they graduate college and start their careers to increase the economic development of Butler County and Greenville.”