POMEROY - Garfield County Commissioner Wynne McCabe, who is finishing his first term, faces a challenge from David Ledgerwood in his bid for re-election in Position 2.
Both candidates are Pomeroy natives and graduates of Pomeroy High School. Both have spent their careers working in Pomeroy.
McCabe joined his father's business, Garfield County Title Co., in 1974, after attending Washington State University for three years. He is now the firm's owner. McCabe also owns and operates Columbia County Title Co. in Dayton.
McCabe says his main priority as commissioner is to deal with the reduction in funding the county receives from the state, and still provide the best possible services for county residents.
"Garfield County has always been considered a 'distressed' county," he said, referring to special state funding it receives. "But with the struggles at the state level, our funding has declined a lot."
A new wind energy project completed early this year in Garfield County will have a positive impact for county taxpayers, McCabe said.
"We won't know until November what the exact financial impact will be," he said, "but I hope that it will offset a lot of the impact of state reductions."
Ledgerwood operates DKL Farms in Garfield County. He and his wife also own the Perk N Beans store in Pomeroy. He holds a degree in animal science from WSU, with a minor in ag economics.
For 16 1/2 years Ledgerwood served as manager of the Pomeroy Grange Supply. He retired from that position in March.
Ledgerwood also serves on the board of the Eastern Washington Partnership Workforce Development Council.
Ledgerwood says his background in the private sector will be an asset as commissioner.
"My focus will be on what I can do to make the county stronger," he said.
"Since I'm retired, I'm able to devote more time to the position," Ledgerwood said. "And I'm willing to travel when needed to represent Garfield County."
Two other Garfield County positions are on the ballot in the upcoming election, with the incumbents running unopposed. They are Position 1 Commissioner Robert Johnson and County Assessor Laura Smith, who is running to complete a two-year unexpired term.