In debate in which candidates mostly agree, they clash over road maintenance


Goodwill gesture: Brad Armstrong (left) and Mike Merlau shake hands at the conclusion of their debate Wednesday night at Hancock County Public Library. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Candidates for Hancock County Commissioner don’t see eye to eye on how to repair roads over the next four years with decreasing state funding.

Republican Brad Armstrong and Democratic challenger Mike Merlau debated on economic development, infrastructure and transparency in an hour-long debate at Hancock County Public Library Wednesday.

The pair agreed on most issues, but when it came to one of the toughest subjects elected officials have had to face in recent years, incumbent Armstrong defended his efforts to oversee roadwork while Merlau said not enough has been done.

“I haven’t really seen a (road maintenance) strategy myself. It’s kind of happy-go-lucky, I think,” said Merlau, a 49-year-old farmer.

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