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  • Skundrick endorses Scroggin

    GOP county commissioner says democrat candidate is the best person for the job
  • Jackson County Commissioner and Republican Don Skundrick has endorsed Democrat Jeff Scroggin for county commissioner over Republican Doug Breidenthal.
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  • Jackson County Commissioner and Republican Don Skundrick has endorsed Democrat Jeff Scroggin for county commissioner over Republican Doug Breidenthal.
    "In my opinion, I am recommending a person who would do a better job," Skundrick said.
    The decision to endorse Scroggin likely won't sit well with other Republican leaders, Skundrick said. Breidenthal was chairman of the Jackson County Republican Central Committee.
    "There may be some political fallout," he said.
    Scroggin and Breidenthal are running for the seat held by Commissioner C.W. Smith.
    Smith and Commissioner John Rachor, both Republicans, have decided not to endorse Breidenthal.
    Instead, they say they will remain neutral on the seat.
    Skundrick said Scroggin and Breidenthal have similar positions on economic growth, fiscal responsibility and job creation. Skundrick said he had lengthy conversations with both men in his office, assessing their positions and determining how well they would work for the county.
    Ultimately, he said, he determined Scroggin is an independent thinker and problem-solver who would work for all the citizens of the county.
    Skundrick said he likes Scroggin's energy and intelligence, saying he would be a better fit on the Board of Commissioners.
    Breidenthal said he was somewhat surprised by Skundrick's endorsement of his opponent.
    "He's his own man," he said. "If that's where he wants to go, then that's fine."
    Breidenthal said he has disagreed with Skundrick on two main issues — land use and taxation and fees.
    "Don and I have had lengthy discussions on that," he said. "We haven't seen eye to eye."
    Breidenthal said he doesn't think Skundrick bears any lingering feelings against him from the primary when Skundrick and Smith endorsed Breidenthal's opponent, Joel Ockunzzi.
    He refrained from criticizing Skundrick's endorsement.
    "I'm not going to say anything negative," he said. "We're going to be working together soon."
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