Madison County Treasurer Kurt Prenzler announced on The Big Z Friday afternoon that he is planning to run for Madison County Board Chairman in 2016 against current Board Chairman Alan Dunstan. He says he is running to try to thwart what he calls machine politics and the alleged cover-ups that go with them. Prenzler ran and lost in 2006. Prenzler tells The Big Z he sees the kind of politics that led to the Fred Bathon scandal.

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He says that days after becoming treasurer in 2010 he discovered the Madison County Treasurer's Office had carried on an exclusive relationship with one Little Rock, Arkansas bond salesman to the tune of $500 million in bonds over the course of nine years with no competitive bids. He says officials knew what took place and said nothing.

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