Republican Eric Winstead and Independent Nancy Cornwell-Daves are running to represent York, Hickory Grove, Sharon and most of western York County on the York County Council.
Winstead defeated incumbent Joe Cox in the June GOP primary, and Cornwell-Daves got on the ballot as a petition candidate. The election is Nov. 2.
Here's where Winstead and Cornwell-Daves stand on the budget, county services and issues facing District 3 in 2010.
Facing possible budget shortfalls, where can the county find additional savings? What specifically would you recommend cutting?
Cornwell-Daves: Says she would cut back on building projects and examine every department for what can be done without.
"It's not going to be across-the-board cuts for everybody, but people are going to have to prioritize."
Regarding layoffs, she doesn't know how much more the county can or should diminish staffing levels.
Winstead: Says the county should avoid taking on "unnecessary projects" and funding "nonessentials," without providing specifics.
He wouldn't support cuts for "essential services" such as fire, police, and rescue, and doesn't foresee making personnel cuts.
"Everything else is on the table," he said.
What county service most needs improvement, why, and how do you plan to address it?
Cornwell-Daves: Calls for continued support of Pennies for Progress and for finding additional funding for roads projects.
"Having been around road construction for the past 30-plus years, I understand the bidding process, the bonding process, the engineering terminology, the sub-contractor factors, right-of-way questions and problems, and know that a road is not rolled out like carpet."
Winstead: "Communication is the service that the county needs to improve the most."
Winstead criticizes "a lack of good communication between council, staff and/or the general public" for slowing progress.
He plans to hold town hall meetings, inviting county staff "to address questions in their field of expertise" and promises to communicate the public's ideas effectively. He sees himself as an "ambassador" for western York County.
What is the most significant challenge facing your district and how specifically do you plan to address it?
Cornwell-Daves: Public safety services, including the volunteer fire departments.
She'd push for building new substations and a maintenance shop and for increasing volunteer participation.
She says training often requires volunteers to leave work.
To increase participation, she'd advocate for giving volunteer incentives, such as "nominal reimbursement of expenses during training," and other small health and retirement benefits.
Winstead: Developing the region's economy while preserving its rural character.
He wants to "get some well-paying jobs in western York County."
While it might take a while, he said he'd start by working with the community to plan for future business or industrial parks where people in the district can work.
"When you have to travel 30 to 40 minutes to where you work, that takes away from what you make an hour," he said.
Address: 110 Lakeview Drive, York
Occupation: Full-time chaplain, Hospice Care of South Carolina
Family: Wife, Kim; two daughters, Laurin, 15, Maddie, 12.
Education: Diploma in machine tool technology from York Technical College; associate's degree, religion and church ministries, Fruitland Baptist Bible Institute in Hendersonville, N.C.; working toward bachelor of science degree in religion, Liberty University
Political experience: None
Community: Comprehensive Health Advisory Committee and Continuous Improvement Committee, York School District; York Baptist Association
Political hero: President Ronald Reagan, "because at that time in my life, my impressionable years, I remember what went on with Carter and the chaos that we had, and Reagan came in with his ability to take control and be firm and to motivate and in time turned things around."
Address: 2280 Scenic View Road, Hickory Grove
Occupation: Owns businesses in land development, retail sales and agriculture
Family: Unmarried; three sons, Blair, 41; Blake, 37; and Will, 27
Education: Rock Hill High School; training in insurance, taxes, and banking at various state universities
Political experience: None
Community: Palmetto Council of Boy Scouts of America; volunteer fundraiser and patient counselor, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; recently completed terms on the York County Culture and Heritage Commission and the Winthrop Library Board; past member of Clover Community Bank board; Greater York Chamber of Commerce
Political hero: President Dwight D. Eisenhower, "because my father always said that he didn't do a whole lot, but he didn't mess a whole lot up either."