Kraus: I can bring an objective, independent view to the position. The days of partisan finger pointing need to end. As elected officials, we have a responsibility to the residents we serve, not a political party, to put our heads together and find realistic solutions to the problems that plague our county. I have worked in the field of emergency services my entire life as a firefighter, chief, instructor and commissioner and know that solutions to life endangering situations require teamwork. Government needs to follow a similar strategy and tactics model. I would work tirelessly to bring all levels of local government leaders and officials together to realize common goals.