Michael Meyer believes Adams County can be run more efficiently, so he decided to run for the County Board of Supervisors.
Meyer, 56, of 5265 E. J St. is running against incumbent Lee Hogan for Hogan’s District 3 position.
“I think they spend too much money,” he said of the county board.
He cited the county’s purchase of Adams Central Public School’s Wallace Elementary property, which includes a main building and a smaller annex building, all located at 2975 S. Baltimore Ave., for $426,000 as exorbitant.
The Adams Central Board of Education approved a resolution in April to authorize the sale of that property to the county based on the $426,000 bid from the county.
The county rents office space downtown for the Nebraska Extension Adams County office, which is planned to move to the Wallace school building.
Meyer already had filed to run for Hogan’s position prior to the county’s bid for Wallace.
“Oh, yeah, but they’ve spent money on other projects and the roads are not very well maintained,” he said.
When it comes to efficiencies, Meyer would like to see input from local paving companies and get ideas on how the county could save money on roads projects.
“I’ve run several businesses,” he said. “When you run a business you learn you’ve got to try to cut back on your spending to be profitable.”
Meyer currently sells used cars. He also previously ran Little Jake’s bar and restaurant for 15 years.
“I would hope if I get elected, after four years people could say ‘You know, he did the county some good,’ ” he said. “There’s lots to do. Adams County has a lot of history. We keep seeming to lose businesses in this area. I mean, our mall’s a joke.”
The winner of the Republican primary election will go up against Democrat Harvey Goings of 510 E. Second St. in the Nov. 6 general election.
Meyer and his wife, Cindy, have two sons.