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Casey Hopes, Republican hopeful for the open county commission seat, said he wants the county to be strong enough economically to offer young people an opportunity to stay here. He is a supporter of coal and natural gas development but wants to encourage diversification of the economic base. Hopes said one way to improve economic development is to boost tourism in the region. Through increased visitation, more people will see what the county has to offer in terms of resources and quality of life. He would also make sure that contractors hire local people. Hopes supports the idea of increased recreation for young people but said it is too late now to back out of construction of the new county office complex. The funding is in place and he doesn't want to walk away from it. While he would vote from the heart on the issues, Hopes said that he would be a representative of the people's will first and foremost. He also said he wants to work closely with the college.





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