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Kevin Carrigan, candidate for commissioner

February 7, 2012
By Nick Dutro - Staff Writer ( , The Advertiser-Tribune

Kevin Carrigan said he is seeking a seat on the Seneca County Board of Commissioners to focus on economic development and restoring trust in the county.

In his plans for helping increase economic development, Carrigan said he hopes to use some of the contacts he has gained through his experience in the private sector, managing sales for Essex Group Inc. in Indiana.

"I believe there are other options that exist, and they are private options, for securing assistance to help with economic development in Seneca County and marketing Seneca County," he said. "To solely rely on one single entity in Tiffin to market the county -there are very intelligent individuals

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involved with SIEDC, but they are very limited in what they're looking at."

Also, to bring in new businesses, Carrigan said the county needs to consider multi-year tax incentives for companies hiring full-time employees.

He said he also wants to extend tax incentives to homeowners in the county, those people who improve their property and the overall look of the county.

In a spirit of accepting ideas from everyone in the county, Carrigan wants to offer the opportunity for Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to participate in grant applications for county projects, which will benefit the community and provide experience for the students as well as some financial gain through grant administration fees.

Carrigan said he also wants to restore trust to Seneca County voters, the majority of whom he feels lack respect from elected officials.

"Not only local officials, but also state officials," Carrigan said. "I got into (the race) because of the total lack of respect for the voters, and it's across the board. The only time they value your vote is on Election Day."

Carrigan said he is not "owned by anyone," and will not be taking contributions for his campaign to keep from being swayed politically.

Also, he said he would like to change the way lodging taxes are collected, keeping funds in the area they originated.

Carrigan said he plans to be a full-time commissioner, and will keep regular office hours like other elected officials.



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