A fire fight: Two vie for District 5 Fire Commission seat

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 05:07 PM.

Though the chief handles the day-to-day operations of the Fire District, the commissioners must ensure the millage rate they set gives the chief plenty of money in the budget to maintain operations.

“The biggest hurdle in doing this is the limited taxpayer funds coming in,” said Wright. “Until the economy turns around this will continue to be our biggest challenge.”

And Wright said he is ready to meet that challenge, although he regrets that his campaigning might not be an indication. He admits it wasn’t “as aggressive” as he would have liked, as he was consumed with tending to his wife, who has heart problems.

“I felt being with her during this trying time was more important than putting in the time to campaign. Thankfully, she is making progress, and with God's help, will continue,” said Wright, who is ready to get back to the commission post.

But Flynt will not give up without a fight.

“I am a firm believer that all citizens can and should be involved in their government,” said Flynt. “I tend to be outspoken. I mean what I say, but I also listen to people for information and comments for new ideas, discussion and solutions.”

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