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Jackson County Commission District 2: Edward Crutchfield/Joel Clinton Pate

Edward Crutchfield

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?
I would first be in favor of cutting where can before increasing taxes.

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:
• adequately staffing new and expanded libraries: 6

• operating County Parks and Recreation programs: 5

• supporting services for homeless: 4

• supporting arts and cultural activities: 7

• improving storm water and flood control infrastructure: 1

• offering economic development incentives: 2

• expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors: 3



PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?

I intend to work toward funding both without increasing tax rates.

IN THIS TIME OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE JACKSON COUNTY’S ECONOMY?
Work toward getting more jobs into Jackson County.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of citizens?


Keeping the best interests on decisions for the citizens and returning calls back to citizens on their concerns. I will work hard, be honest and dependable.

BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE

I am currently District 2 County Commissioner and am a Democrat.

Joel Clinton Pate

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?
During tough budget times we should look for economic development that could increase revenue by broadening the tax base, therefore bringing in additional revenue. I would attempt to secure additional revenue through other sources such as grants. I would also look at services to see if there is any duplication or if there is a more cost effective way to provide services without cutting jobs.

PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:
1. Offering economic development incentives

2. Improving storm water and flood control infrastructure

3. Operating County Parks and Recreation programs

4. Expanding public transportation & safer pedestrian and bicycle corridors

5. Adequately staffing new and expanded libraries

6. Supporting arts and cultural activities

7. Supporting services for homeless



PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?

My first choice is offering economic development incentives to bring new businesses and jobs to our community. This will increase our tax base and increase jobs. We need new businesses so that our kids won’t have to leave to find jobs and raise their families.

My last choice is supporting services for homeless. Although this is a serious problem, there are other support programs for this problem, such as, Churches and civic organizations.

IN THIS TIME OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE JACKSON COUNTY’S ECONOMY?
In this time of high unemployment, the most important thing is Economic Development to bring in new jobs and increase our tax base.

If elected, how do you plan to use your position to improve the lives of citizens?


Being a Strong Representative

Being available to the citizens

Promoting economic development for jobs and increased revenue

Using my management and business skills for good decisions

Using my knowledge of roadway design to improve our roads



BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE

Personal:

Joel (Clint) Clinton Pate was born in Graceville Florida. He is the son of Joel & Shirley Pate and was raised on the Washington and Jackson County Line, South of Graceville. He is a graduate of Chipley High School and he attended Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College (ABAC) in Tifton Georgia where he earned an Associates of Arts degree in animal science. After college, he married Alice Graham and moved across the county line to3618 Earlston Road, Graceville Florida where he has lived for 29 years. They have 2 children, Anthony Joel Pate (27) and Hannah Pate O’steen (23).

Professional Experience:

GPI Southeast, Inc., formerly - Varnum & Associates, Inc. March 1997 to Present: Clint is currently a roadway designer/project manager. He has over 14 years experience in roadway design, permitting, pavement markings, erosion control, traffic control, and working with FDOT personnel.

Florida Department of Transportation - August 1996 - March 1997: Clint’s responsibilities included loading software, troubleshooting computer and printer issues, repairing computers and network wiring.

Pate’s Farm and Garden - August 1984 - August 1996: Clint managed this family owned business. His duties included meeting and working with the public and ensuring customer satisfaction, ordering, sales, accounts payable and receivable, bookkeeping, problem solving, supervision of other employees and all managerial decision making.

Moormans Manufacturing Company - March 1986 - December 1995: Clint was responsible for area sales and service, including sales visits, customer service, truck routing, delivery scheduling, accounts payable and receivable. He also prioritized work duties and scheduled business meetings.

Alabama Farmers Group - January 1982-July 1984: Clint completed a 10 week management training school before becoming the assistant manager at Campbellton Farmers Co-op. He was in charge of sales, customer service, employee supervision and debt collection.

Phillips Dairy – June 1981 – December 1981: Clint assisted Wallace Phillips with the day to day operations of a dairy farm.

Past and Present Community Involvement:

Jackson County Republican Executive Committee
Jackson County Republican Club
Jackson County Fair Board
Washington County Youth Fair Board
Dixie Youth Softball Coach
Dixie Youth Baseball Coach
Baseball and Softball Umpire
4-H Leader
FFA Supporter
Assistant District Director for Dixie Youth
Commitment from Clint:

I am a Republican that has committed to run for Jackson County Commissioner, District 2 in an honest and straight-forward manner. I am not a career politician. I am a concerned citizen that is taking action to make a positive impact on the important issues facing the residents of Jackson County, such as economic growth, reduced budgets, and road improvements. I believe that if you’re not willing to be a part of the solution, then you are a part of the problem. I believe that government should be accountable for its spending and decisions. I believe in smaller government that should support the people and not rule them. I believe that our district needs a strong representative that is willing to stand up and fight for the well being of the community.



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