HOLT — Two challengers will face off for one, six-year seat on the Holt Community Fire Protection District Board on the April 2 ballot. Those seeking office are retired millwright Ralph Wright and current city Alderman Jerry Nicas. Incumbent David Sanders did file for re-election.

To help educate voters on where candidates stand, both were asked to comment on issues facing the district.

Wright, who previously served on the Clinton County Planning and Zoning board, is a retired millwright who lives in the 6300 block of Southeast Missouri Highway 33. He said special skills he possesses that will aid in his serving in office include common sense, an honest desire to serve the community and help others, community stewardship and budgeting and office experience.

Nicas did not return requests for comments.

Wright said a continued district focus on staff will be his No. 1 goal for the term, if elected.

“My goal is to train our firefighters and keep them in tip-top shape so they can continue to do the good job they’re doing,” he said.

As district call volumes increase, Wright said providing equipment and training while staying within budget is key.

“If I get elected to the position, I’ll look at what the status quo is and try to continue that. I want to make sure we continue to provide what our firefighters need to do their jobs safely, whatever that may mean, and whatever is within budget,” he said.

Managing Editor Amanda Lubinski can be reached at amanda.lubinski@mycouriertribune.com or 903-6001.

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