Connor challenges Harris for Okaloosa commission seat

Published: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 03:50 PM.

Connor said he is most concerned about what he calls the county’s high-paid "czars" supervising various departments such as the airport and library.

"It’s just a layer of bureaucracy that’s not needed," he said.

Connor also has spending and safety concerns about Bob Sikes Airport. The industrial park has too many buildings located too close to taxiways and runways, he said.

He said he also is concerned about the September arrest of former County Commissioner James Campbell on perjury and official misconduct charges.

"That was money laundering, plain and simple," Connor said. "I think they’re kind of washing over it."

Harris, who spent 27 years in the Air Force, said he’s had many questions from residents who are upset about the most recent financial scandal to rock the tourism development department. He said the county needs strong leaders in the coming months to navigate the aftermath.

"I think I am one of those strong leaders," Harris said.

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