One of a series of stories about candidates and issues on the Nov. 2 ballot. Watch for the countdown series daily at naplesnews.com and in the Daily News.
NAPLES — The race is on.
With less than a week before Tuesday’s general election, the two candidates for Collier County Commission District 2 are focusing on the issues.
Hiller, 49, said she thought “the economy and the fiscal constraints” of the county were the most important issues facing District 2 and the county as a whole. Hiller said her background — her resume touts a bachelor’s degree in accounting and experience as an external auditor — makes her the perfect candidate for the job.
“Given my background I think I have an understanding of financial issues to provide solutions,” Hiller said.
Hiller in an August Daily News report said the county needs to reduce government spending and taxes in order to keep the budget in check.
Roth, 69, agrees the economy is important and said in an earlier interview that the county needed a business plan to sort out other sources for funding. While Roth has no prior political experience, he said his business background — he owned a software development company for 30 years — gave him the know-how needed to get the county’s finances in order.
Roth said recently the county’s newest commissioner “must find a way to prevent taxpayer funding of Jackson Lab.”
The county could use $130 million in taxpayer money to match state funding in order to bring the Maine-based nonprofit genetics research institute to Collier County.
Tuesday’s commission election is open to all registered voters in District 2. Hiller’s name will appear on the ballot, while those hoping to cast a vote for Roth will need to write in his name.
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