MALOTT — Seven of eight county commissioner candidates attended the first public forum of the election season at the Malott Improvement Club on Monday.

Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy was joined by challengers Chris Branch and Ted Reinbold. Incumbent District 2 Commissioner Ray Campbell faced off against challengers Andy Hover, Stan Kvistad and Ashley Thrasher. Candidate Larry Schreckengast did not attend the event.

After a five-minute introduction, candidates took turns answering questions on private land, public lands, contracting work versus having county employees do work, how they would deal with the office and government transparency. The common theme for the incumbents was highlighting the work they have done. The common theme for challengers was questioning the work and decisions of the commissioners.

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