Three Seats In Levy County Commission Up For Grabs
In District One Democratic primary, Tony Parker looks to keep his seat for a third term. He wants to continue to reduce property taxes and attract new jobs while protecting natural resources.
David Bibby is an Assistant Airport Supervisor at the Williston Airport and has served on numerous budget and citizen advisory boards. He wants to broaden the tax base by increasing economic development and cut pork barrel spending and expenses by doing things like contracting out the legal department.
John Meeks is a hardware store manager who has served on the citizen advisory task force. He says the county needs to be run more like a business, with a tighter handle on the budget through smaller things like decreasing the use of take-home county vehicles and contracting out the legal department, without cutting emergency services and public safety.
The winner will take on Republican Abraham Blitch in the general election. Blitch owns his own landscape nursery business. He wants to do a better job of listening to constituents, reduce wasteful spending by buying more locally, and put a grievance procedure together for county employees.
District Three is an open primary that will be decided in August, with Democrat Sammy Yearty seeking another term. He says the biggest issue is decreasing revenue which he wants to solve without cutting jobs in the emergency services sector.
His opponent is Al Macri who owns his own business and has been a Williston Fire Department volunteer for 14 years. Macri wants to eliminate wasteful spending and over-spending on outside contracts and improve senior citizen and veteran's services.
In the District Five Democratic primary, Danny Stevens is seeking a third term, having retired in January after almost 22 years of working for the city of Williston. He's proud of the landfill transfer station and improvements to the veteran's service office and wants to work to make the waste to fuel program happen.
Cal Byrd is a retired firefighter and served on the Williston City Council for 25 years. He wants to make county offices more user-friendly to residents and make sure the commission uses tax revenues responsibly.
The winner will take on Republican Jerry Robinson in the general election. Robinson owns his own business and has served two terms on the Williston City Council. He says the board needs to look to the future with the nuclear power plants being built, while working hard to maintain current infrastructure during tough financial times.
Early voting for the primaries begins Monday. The District Three race will be decided August 26th and is open to all registered voters.
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