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There are two Republicans running for the open seat of District 7 Justice of The Peace: Doug Farner and Joseph Bollinger. Justices are members of the County Quorum Court and are part of the legislative body for the county, much like a city council for a city. Their important powers include: levying of taxes, appropriating public funds for the expenses of the county, establishing the number and compensation of elected officials and county employees, and providing for any service or performance of any function relating to county affairs.

Republicans should be aware that Joseph Bollinger is a former Libertarian who has recently switched parties and now calls himself a Republican. Apparently, his past failed attempt to get elected as a Libertarian prompted this change. I spoke with Mr. Bollinger recently and it is clear to me that his far-right Libertarian views have not changed. This is not the time for more extremism in government, be it city, county, state or national.

A far better choice for District 7 JP is Doug Farner. Mr. Farner's views and experience in elected city government positions, appointed positions, and volunteer activities make him the right candidate to represent mainstream Republican principles in this important county office.

I urge my Republican friends to vote for someone with experience who will work effectively with the entire Quorum Court to move Benton County forward and not vote for someone just because he has an "R" next to his name.

Dave Barfield

Bella Vista

Editorial on 02/12/2020

Print Headline: District 7 Justice of the Peace

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