CLARK COUNTY —
Ross, 46, a Charlestown resident and Democrat, is a rental-property owner and has served as controller for Independent Piping for 20 years. Ross says she’s running because she’s alarmed by the financial situation in Clark County government, and says the county is spending money it doesn’t have.
“If I don’t have money to pay for something, I can’t just go out there and buy something or tell somebody I’m going to give them this money,” Ross said. “We live on budgets in today’s economy. You’ve just got to learn how to stick with those budgets and quit giving money to things that are unnecessary that the county doesn’t need.”
If elected, Ross promises to be able to work across the aisle with Republicans and with the commissioners.
“It’s kind of like a marriage,” Ross said. “There’s give and take in every relationship. Whether you’re in county council or you’re a commissioner, you’ve got to work together because we’re not going to solve anything if we keep arguing with everyone.”
Independent Piping is partially owned by Commissioner Les Young, who is running for re-election this year. Additionally, Ross’ husband, Jim, is the Clark County highway superintendent. When Ross was asked about her family’s relationship with Young, she said she would be an independent voice in the county council, and that her family’s income is not solely dependent upon Young.
“I’m willing to work with anyone, and it has nothing to do with Les Young, [Commissioner] Ed Meyer or my husband,” Ross said. “This is me. This election is about me, not them.”