Jackson County Commissioner District 2 candidate Kenny Pfaffenberger

Why do you feel you are more qualified for this position than your counterparts?

I’ve lived in this community for 56 years. I grew up on a family farm and farmed for multiple years. Currently, I own and run my own electrical and building business. I sat on Seymour’s plan commission and board of zoning appeals for multiple years. With the experience I have and my understanding of perspective and common sense as well as doing what I believe is right for the community elevates me for this position compared to my peers.

Are there any county services that need to be improved, adapted or eliminated?

I feel all our services should be looked at in a point-to-point basis as well as what’s needed for the community, then decide to either, adapt, modify or eliminate based on the circumstance of the service.

How would you handle the issues facing the current veteran services office? In previous commissioners meetings, the office was said to be unable to handle the current amount of veterans and the unique issues faced with serving that community.

If the issue is the amount of veterans not being able to be handled, then the county might want to look to add staff. If the situation is the size of the building, the county does have a building in Seymour that would be adequate as a temporary solution to help take care of our veterans. I believe these people are a priority, and this situation should be dealt with swiftly.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced county government to adjust its operations. Things like using Zoom for meetings utilize more current technology than we’ve seen previously. Would you plan to make any changes to the way these things are done after everything settles to update them and use more modern technology? If so, what would you do?

I believe there needs to be more updated forums of communication through Zoom calls for meetings as well as live streaming. With this pandemic, social distancing has became the norm, which makes it hard for the community to communicate with the local government. We would have to have a way for the community to be able to voice their concerns in the midst of this, but in saying this, the offices still need to be accessible to people without access to current technology.

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Name: Richard “Kenny” Pfaffenberger

Age: 56

Residence: Lifelong resident of Jackson County

Occupation: Self-employed electrician

Affiliation: Lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church

Family: Wife, Rhonda Pfaffenberger; two children; three grandchildren