MEET THE CANDIDATES: 2 challenge Laurel Hill incumbent

Published: Monday, March 4, 2013 at 04:07 PM.

A second reason for continuing my position on the city council is I do my research before voting on council issues. In-depth research will help eliminate mistakes and the associated cost to our citizens.

Biggest issue this position faces and how you plan to address it: The top issue affecting Laurel Hill in 2013 will be to decide if Laurel Hill should remain a city or be dissolved into Okaloosa County.

There are many factors to consider; however, the most noticeable issue is the condition of city streets. Our tax base is not sufficient to maintain streets in the condition our citizens deserve. I have drafted a fact sheet that will provide the pros and cons concerning dissolution.

Once completed and coordinated with Okaloosa County leadership, our citizens should have adequate information on which to base their decision.

JOHNNY JAMES

Personal: Married to Earnestine James; sons are Jonathan and Morion; three grandchildren; member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Laurel Hill. Volunteer coach and organizer for T-ball and other youth athletic programs.

Relevant experience:I was your city councilman for four years and am experienced in working in city government for the people of Laurel Hill. I worked to direct county and state funds to our city to make improvements, including fixing up our kids' recreation facilities in Gene Clary Park.



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