Name: Bruce Adams, Republican
Office/District: State Senate District 38
Profession: County supervisor / Journalist hometown current
Why running for office: “I think I have the aptitude for it. I believe I could have a role in helping establish policies in the state. I believe taxation is really important. I believe healthcare is really important. I think with my background in business and some finance, I think I can be a good student and do a good job of studying the issues. It’s really going to be important to stay in touch with the voters in the area. I plan on doing a very good job of that.
“Even when there are controversial issues that people don’t always agree on or don’t always agree on a vote, I’ll try to be out there in the three counties this district represents and try to talk with people and make myself available. I just want to stay in touch with people and find out what their issues are and things that we should be doing at the state level.
“I sort of reluctantly support this one percent increase in sales tax if it’s used for the way it is supposed to be used — for water quality and providing better mental health resources, which I think is extremely important. I also wonder how much is being done at the state level to examine expenditures, places we could cut or consolidate services and staff. That’s one thing. I’m sure I’ll learn a lot more when I get there. I just want to see if there’s anything we can do to reduce costs, not just increase them.
Sen. Tim Kapucian is not seeking re-election. There are three Republicans competing for the nomination.