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May 4, 2014

Wind at the center of Tipton primary

Divisive issue expected to draw higher-than-normal turnout Tuesday

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Tipton — Heron, who voted for the Prairie Breeze Wind Farm, has remained steadfast that he is not in favor of banning wind farm development in the county.

“Right now there are a lot of good things happening in the county, it’s more than just an anti-wind issue,” Heron said. “There are a handful of people that are very adamant and focusing on the negative aspects [of wind].”

Despite holding different stances on wind farms, both Shuck and Heron agreed that there is much more at stake in the upcoming term than how the county will proceed with wind development, including economic development and capitalizing on Chrysler’s presence in the county to bring in more small businesses.

Both also agreed that Tuesday’s vote will allow the county to move forward.

CRG organizer Brent Snow said the group started with the intent of finding and recruiting candidates for the primary, many of whom hold an anti-wind stance.

While other issues remain important, Snow said the primary and fall election are critical regarding the future of the county and its wind farm developments.

“It’s the issue,” he said. “Several of the other candidates have been trying to downplay that fact, but the fact is this is our referendum vote for wind in Tipton County. This is our only chance to voice our opinion on the fact that we don’t want any more wind turbines in Tipton County.”

Wind development has been the No. 1 issue for another group in the county, the Citizens for Responsible Development, which has long taken a hard stance against wind in the county.

Members of the group have spoken out during public meetings on numerous occasions over the past year and a half, since the county council passed a tax abatement for the project in December 2012.

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