Retired Army National Guard sergeant major Garry Marchman of West Point said he will donate the first six months of his salary to local charities if elected to the Cullman County Commission.
Marchman is entering a crowded race of candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the Place 2 seat. Incumbent Stanley Yarbrough, Doug Williams, J.P. White and James Graves are also running for the position on the GOP ticket. The primary is June 3, with the runoff July 15 and the general election Nov. 4.
Marchman, 51, said as a sign of his sincerity to serve, if elected, he would donate the first six months of his salary to programs he feels will have the biggest impact on the greatest number of Cullman County residents.
“My heart is in this, and I’m running because I want to do what’s right for this county,” Marchman said.
He said he believes the county needs to look for smarter, more innovative solutions to address road problems.
“The county has roughly $2 million available in its budget to put towards roads, so I think we need to work smarter with a limited budget,” he said. “We can’t keep patching problems. We’ve got to find permanent solutions.”
With most of his work experience in operations, logistics and maintenance, Marchman said he wants to provide county employees with the tools and assets to do their job, and that doesn’t just mean work equipment.
“I think we need to provide them with training,” he said. “I believe in training and supporting people so they can do their jobs better.”
Another priority for Marchman will be bridging gaps between the county and its municipalities.
“We have to work as a team throughout the county to accomplish our goals, and our number 1 goal should be to serve the people of Cullman,” he said.
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