Letter to Voters: Republican County Commissioner Candidate Zachary B. Manuel
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Hi I am Zachary Manuel, as a lifelong Meigs county resident, I am both proud and excited to be a candidate for the seat of Meigs County Commissioner on the May 3rd primary ballot. I was born and raised on my family’s farm in Letart Township, where I currently serve as a township trustee and raise my own two children alongside my loving wife, Kayte Manuel. Aside from serving in public offices, I have pursued a career in education because my life’s goal is to give back to my community as best I can. I have a deep belief that Meigs County is an amazing place to call home and that our people, schools, and businesses have much to offer for the future of the county.
In the position of county commissioner, I would focus on cultivating the strengths Meigs County already has and on giving our people opportunities to expand on their strengths. I believe we need to create good jobs locally and support young people in obtaining work here in Meigs County. Simply put, I believe we need to focus on our strengths and improve on what is working to better the county’s future and the future of its residents. I also strongly believe that a public servant is just that, a servant to the people of the county. So, as commissioner, I would focus as much of my time as possible on listening to the people from all townships, communities, and corners of the county so I can then pass that information on to the board of commissioners and make decisions in favor of the people of Meigs County. An important aspect of communication is taking the first step and reaching out to those you wish to communicate with, therefore creating an open line of discussion. I see myself taking on that role on the board of commissioners; reaching out to the people of Meigs County so that they are not only heard and represented, but also so that everyone feels comfortable voicing their opinion on important matters.
I thank the Meigs Independent Press for granting me space and time to discuss my thoughts and beliefs and all of you Meigs County residents for reading! Also thank you to Jason Shain, Shains Custom Signs, for the wonderful signs and to all of the people who have helped along the way. I hope you all make it out to cast your vote at the primary election!