Former Marine files for county commissioner

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

PERRY COUNTY - Brent Herzog feels he could do more as a county commissioner than by simply complaining about issues, the Democrat said Friday in explaining why he filed for the county's District 1 seat Tuesday.

A former Marine and current resident of 1728 12t St., Tell City, he said he learned a lot about leadership through his time in the military and in scouting, where he earned Eagle Scout status.

"The growth of the county is important to everybody's future," he said of issues facing the county. "Our children are the ones we should be concerned about."

The safety of the community and of sheriff's deputies are at stake because the county employs only five of them, who often work alone on long shifts, he said in addressing another concern. Spencer County, with a similar population, has 12 deputies, the candidate said.

Herzog also feels communication between county residents and the county commissioners needs to be improved, saying, "the commissioners are the voice of the community."

Candidates have until noon Friday to file for District 1 and 3 seats on the county commission, three at-large seats in the county council, county recorder and surveyor positions and two seats each on Cannelton and Perry Central school boards.