Earlier this week, Republican Chris Slusser declared his candidacy for the job of Madison County Board Chairman. A few days later, the incumbent, Alan Dunstan officially announced he intends to seek a third term in office. Elected chairman by the Madison County Board in 2002, he spearheaded a move to change the way the chairman is elected to a vote by the people of Madison County.

As a result of those efforts, the Madison County Board voted to make that move, and in 2004, Dunstan became the first chairman in the history of Madison County to be elected in a county-wide race. He was re-elected to the post in 2008. Dunstan has worked to lower the property tax burden on county residents over much of the past decade. He says when he joined the county board the county's portion of the tax bill for property owners in Madison County was approximately 14 percent, as compared to approximately eight percent of the tax bill today. He says property owners may see a further reduction in the county's portion of their respective 2011 tax bills, which are paid in 2012.