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Please do NOT cast your Vote based on how much someone has raised for their Campaign, it should always be about the People living in Leon County and the County itself and not about the money raised for their Campaign. I feel that since this is a LOCAL Office, you shouldn’t need $30,000.00, $60,000.00 or $100,000.00 for your Campaign. I’m only raising Money as needed to do what I need to do. I chose to be mostly self-funded because in this Economy, many people can’t afford to give to their Church or to their favorite Charities, so I am not going to ask them to give to my Campaign. I would rather have them keep their money and put food on the Table, instead of giving to my Campaign, …… Like it says on my Van, “I don’t want your Money……I want your Vote and I promise I will work hard for you.
Friends and Co-workers have asked me why I am running for the "At Large" Seat instead of a District Seat. My answer was easy and very simple, because I would never want to say "SORRY, thats not my District" . I want to do what I can for the WHOLE County not just a piece of it.
I will work hard to do everything I can to reel in wasteful spending and make Financial Accountability and Responsibility of your Tax Dollars a Top Priority. I will challenge Agendas that I feel are too costly and or not needed, sometimes “Plain Jane” is better than “Flamboyant” . I would introduce plans for bringing new activities and entertainment for the Citizens of Leon County that will be free for them to enjoy, getting them outside and interacting with others, because there should be more to do besides biking and walking trails. I would like to bring back regular Mosquito Sprayings like they had when I was a kid growing up here so our Citizens can spend more time outdoors with friends and family. I will work with the Leon County Sherriff’s Department to help bring down the crime rate and making sure they have the needed Tools and up to date Training to do their job more effectively to make Leon County a better, safer place to Live, Work, Play and raise your Family. I don't care which Math or Formula they use, I am against raising Property Taxes and will fight to keep that from happening. I want to make Leon County a place where Businesses will want to come and prosper. I want to make a difference, to help improve the quality of life for you and your family.
The City and County want to charge new Developers a fee for the increased number of Vehicles that will be using the roads, for example, a new Apartment Complex is built, increasing the number of Vehicles that will now be using the roads around that Complex, they charge the Developer a Fee to compensate for the extra wear and tear on those Roads as well as for any Turn Lanes and Traffic Lights that may be needed. I can understand a Fee for the Turn Lanes and Traffic Lights that may be needed but NOT for the extra Vehicles that will be using the roads in that area. The County knows well in advance what Properties are Zoned for and therefore should have planned accordingly. Developers should not be financially punished for something that is inevitable. The property was Zoned for an Apartment Complex with a certain number of Apartments, therefore it is inevitable that a certain number of Vehicles will be moving to that area.
Growth / Economic Management is a tuff one. Growth Management is a delicate process, you have to be able to see into the future, to predict how it will impact Leon County 5, 10 and even 20 Years into the future. How will the proposed project impact the County Infrastructure, roads, traffic, pedestrians, other businesses? I am for well planned growth as long as it is not over saturation, for example, they will soon start construction on a second Hotel at Gaines Street and Rail Road Avenue, will that area of Town support a third or even a fourth Hotel in 10 or 20 Years? I don’t think so, which is why good planning is so important.
I would like to bring back regular Mosquito sprayings like they had when I was a kid growing up here in Leon County so our Residents can spend more time outdoors with friends and family. It seems like every Year there is a NEW Mosquito Born Virus worse than the last. Making sure that there is no standing water around is no longer enough. We need to get more aggressive fighting the Mosquito problem.
I would like to find ways to give back to the Community. I would like to expand the Park that was built at the Apalachee Parkway Regional Park to include a custom designed Skate Facility, letting some of those that will be using it, help design it. I would also like to include a large 2 Acre “Paintball Battle Field”. Also getting some design input from those that will be using it. The best part is, I will work hard at finding Corporate Sponsor Funding to build these Facilities so the use of your Tax Dollars will be very minimal. To be able to create a few more options where you can spend the Day with your Friends and Family having Fun, is very important to me.
Because Research is showing that 53% of the Nitrogen being introduced into Wakulla Springs is coming from Septic Tanks, I would like to see all new Developments implement using the City or Talquin Sewer System. I would be a strong advocate for converting existing Developments that are on Septic Systems to City or Talquin Sewer Systems BUT, a lot of Home Owners can’t afford the conversion. I would like to see the City and Talquin run the Sewer Lines to the areas needed and the Home Owners pay to run the Lines from the Street to their Structures BUT, we give the Customer an option, they can pay a one time fee to get hooked up to the Sewer System or they get to make a small payment that is added to their Monthly Bill for the Number of Months that it will take to pay for the cost of the installation but if they sell the Home before it is paid off, it gets paid off from the proceeds of the Sale.
We really need to find a way to afford hiring more Deputies and provide them with Body Cameras as well as the needed Tools and up to date Training to do their Jobs more effectively. Safety for our Deputies is just as important as it is for our Citizens. I would like to see them patrolling the higher crime areas in their Patrol Zone more frequently and even getting out of their Patrol Cars meeting and interacting with the Citizens and becoming a positive fixture and roll model. Just being seen will help stop some of the Crime in the area.
It's Time For Someone Different I have lived in Leon County since I was a little kid, over 45 Years. I have been a Blue Collar Worker from my very first job in 1979, my Senior Year in High School. I know what it is like to live Pay Check to Pay Check and it CAN be pretty scary at times. For over 26 Years now, I have been a State Employee, the first 9 Years with the Department of Management Services at their Motor Pool and then in Building Maintenance, then I moved over to the Department of Revenue in the Office Supply Warehouse. I have seen and learned a lot about how the State operates. I have friends who work for the City and for the County and it seems that they all do things very similar. Leon County is my Home, and I truly want to make a Difference. Help me make that possible.
I am sure that you are now seeing some of my Campaign Signs around Town. My Campaign is mostly Self Funded. My goal for my Campaign is to do as
much as I can to get the word out that I am running for County Commissioner without spending Tens of Thousands of Dollars to do it. I feel that by starting early and
working hard, I should be able to achieve my goal. I have been doing 98% of my Campaigning myself and that includes putting out the small Signs that you see. The
Campaign Guide gave me some insight on where the Signs can be placed but to be safe I called the County and was told that the right of way on county and state roads
can extend as far as 20 feet from the edge of the road but generally, if I keep my Signs past the Sidewalk, Utility Poles or Fire Hydrants, whichever is the farthest
away from the Road I will be ok. I have gone a step farther, I carry a swing blade with me and I placed my Signs past the “Mow Lines” which is a little farther. I do
not want to disrupt the people on the Mowers who maintain the Right-Of-Ways.
When you see my Signs, I hope you also notice that there is only one Sign there. I have noticed over the Years as well as this Year, that during Campaign Season, many of the Candidates will place several of their Signs together, side by side. I promise you that, I will NOT do that, it is not needed and I feel it is a waste of money. I will also promise that when the Election is over, Win or Lose, I will personally go out and collect my Signs. If you see a problem with one of my Signs, please send me an Email and tell me where the Sign is located so I can go by and check it out to straighten it, replace it or move it. I do have Signs available to those who would like one for their Yard.