Walton County 2020 Primary E-Voter

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County Commissioner, District 1

Philip Cryar

Campaign website: http://www.votephilipcryar.com/about.html

Lisa Johnson

Campaign website: http://electlisajohnson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lisajohnsonforwalton/

William "Boots" McCormick

Campaign website: http://www.votemccormick2020.com/index.html
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/boots.mccormick

County Commissioner, District 3

Mike Barker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mike-Barker-for-Walton-County-Commissioner-District-3-100769241667901/

Teddy Stewart (https://teddystewart.com/)

1. What do you see as the top issues affecting the Walton County in the next four years? Managing growth and improving infrastructure in the county. Walton County is the 5th fastest growing county in the country and our infrastructure is showing the signs of this growth. Finding ways to improve our citizens’ ability to get around is one of the biggest challenges we face. Parking, specifically in the beach area is another infrastructure issue which must be addressed as this has become a public safety issue for visitors as well as citizens who enjoy our beaches. Managing growth does not mean shutting down development but finding smarter ways to work within our code to improve the quality of life of the residents of Walton County.
2. Why do you want to serve as a County Commissioner, and why are you the best choice? First and foremost, I love Walton County. Our family history in both my Mothers and Fathers families goes back multiple generations and I believe we each have a responsibility to make life better for our children and those who come behind us. My adult life has been spent largely in public service and in serving those with whom I have worked, and I see this as an opportunity to continue that commitment to serve. I view the role of county commissioner as that of a “servant leader”, a role I take seriously. I believe my life experiences, both personal and professional, have given me a broad base of experiences that have prepared me to serve in this role. Serving in the US Air Force, a 22-year career as a police officer in one of the largest cities in the country, working for a NYC based investment firm and working as a Realtor have all provided valuable experience. I served for 10 years as an elected board member of the San Antonio Fire and Police pension Fund, helping to grow that fund from an asset value of $750 million to over $2 billion dollars, while improving benefits to members and reducing costs to the city. I was also elected and served 2 terms as President of the San Antonio Police officers Association, being responsible to 2000 police officers and their families. These experiences showed me the need for long term planning and how it can impact lives both today and into the future.
3. If elected/re-elected, what is your top priority for your term? My top priority will be economic development in the north end of Walton County. We must create a vision for where we want to go and a plan to get there. Walton County has a wealth of resources, both in our people and in our available land area to attract businesses who provide jobs that are career oriented. We must diversify our economy to industries not affected by drops in the tourism industry. We should be targeting specific industries and not just relying on those industries to find us. I would specifically explore the supply side companies which would produce goods needed by the defense industry, auto and aircraft manufacturing. Walton County is well within the radius of companies in each of these industries who require daily delivery of inventory. I do understand that economic development is a long-term process, but I hope to be able to lead the board in a commitment to making it happen.
4. What are your qualifications for office? Qualifications for this office can be subjective but this is what I believe qualifies me for this job. I have served 4 years in the USAF; 22 years as a police officer with the San Antonio Police Department; 4 years as a consultant to a New York City investment company; 9 years as a Realtor and small business owner; and 7 years serving on the Walton County Planning Commission, 5 years as the Chairman. These positions have given me a very broad base of experience and understanding of the importance of leadership and commitment. I understand the importance of working with others in order to set direction and accomplish goals. I know the need for long term planning and the role it plays in creating a vision for the community with specific goals to reach for.

County Commissioner, District 5

Tony Anderson

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TonyforWalton/about/

Vanessa Goodson

Campaign website: http://votevanessagoodson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votevanessagoodson/

Debbie Heard

Campaign website: https://www.electdebbieheard.com/

Property Appraiser

Sandra Carter

Campaign website: https://www.carterforwaltonpa.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CarterforWaltonPA/

Gary Gregor (https://www.garygregorforpropertyappraiser.com/)

1. What do you see as the top issues affecting Walton County in the next four years? The growth and diversity of Walton County is currently one of the main issues affecting property owners. We need experienced, knowledgeable, educated leadership to grow and advance with the current growth rate in Walton County. Advanced technology is a necessity to keep up with current growth as well.
2. Why do you want to serve as a Property Appraiser, and why are you the best choice? I want to bring my experience, knowledge, education and leadership to Walton County to serve the people and property owners of Walton County. The Appraiser's Office will be there to help and explain any questions or concerns of the citizens of Walton County.
3. If elected/re-elected, what is your top priority for your term? Top priorities would be: exceptional customer service, advanced technology for improving work produced, restructure office for a more effective and efficient work flow, education of office staff and increase outflow of office so citizens of Walton County better understand the services provided by the Appraiser's Office
4. What are your qualifications for office? 25 years of "Appraisal" Experience, Knowledge of Florida Statutes and guidelines for the Property Appraiser Office, Certified Florida Evaluator from the Florida Department of Revenue, Assessment Administration Specialist from the International Association of Assessing Officers, I have a very extensive and diversified list of appraisal work performed, currently responsible for over 100,000 property values, I have experience as head of a governmental office and received excellent and exceptional performance reviews and awards while serving in this capacity and also experience defending appraisal values at Value Adjustment Board hearings.

School Board, District 4

Jeri Michie (https://www.votejeriforwalton.com/)

1. What do you see as the top issues affecting the School District in the next four years? I believe the top issues facing the Walton County School district include: • Significant student population growth, especially in south Walton Our county is currently experiencing substantial student growth. Several county schools will have students in portable buildings for the upcoming school year, some are at capacity, and others are too large. We are already behind in planning and building for our current growth and must make planning for growth a top priority. • A below state average high school graduation rate Our county high school graduation rate for the 2015-16 school year is 3% below the state average. Improving the graduation rate is a K-12th grade issue. Improvement in hiring and retaining highly qualified classroom teachers in every classroom, reducing school population size and reducing guidance counselor testing responsibilities are some ways we can begin to work on raising graduation rates. We must make improving our county graduation rate a top priority. • Improved programs to recruit, hire, train and retain highly qualified, well prepared classroom teachers. Our school system must be vigilant to hire and retain highly qualified, well prepared, teachers in every Walton county school classroom. Our programs and training for recruiting, vetting, hiring, mentoring and retaining teachers needs to become more effective and successful. Improving these programs should be a top priority.
2. Why do you want to serve on the School Board, and why are you the best choice? I was blessed to have passionate, highly trained and effective teachers in elementary and middle school. As a result I realized my life’s purpose was to teach. Every child in Walton County deserves a joy-filled, well-trained, effective teacher. Serving as a School Board member will give me the opportunity to put my 34 years of experience as a lifelong educator to work to ensure every child in Walton County has an exemplary teacher. Extensive experience makes me the best choice for a position on the School Board. I've taught in elementary school, middle school, and high school, and I earned masters and specialist degrees in middle school education and school administration. I was selected by my peers as school Teacher of the Year three times. I've worked as teacher, math coach, principal and bus driver in both elementary and middle schools, and have worked for the state as a school improvement specialist assigned to improve low performing schools. Most recently, I was principal of a Christian pre-k through 8th grade private school. Experience with pre-k through 12th grade gives me the wisdom needed to serve as a School Board member. Most importantly, becoming a parent and raising children had a significant impact on my teaching skills, leadership abilities, and administrative wisdom. For these reasons, I believe I would be the best candidate for School Board.
3. If elected, what is your top priority for your term? My top priority for my term will be to meet and regularly communicate with the school stakeholders of Walton County, our parents, teachers and staff. We have lost trust in Washington and Tallahassee. It's important to regain local control of our schools and restore faith in local officials. Getting stakeholders involved is more than attending PTO meetings or being a room mom. Stakeholders who, communicate, participate and become active in their schools parent council meetings and school improvement plans become invested in the success of their community school. Clear and regularly planned communication with school stakeholders will be a top priority.
4. What are your qualifications for office? My qualifications for office include being an educator with 34 years of experience in elementary school, middle school, and high school; a math teacher, assistant principal and principal for public and private schools; a teacher in pre-K–12th grade; a school Improvement Specialist at the State Department of Education; and a certified school bus driver. My formal education includes: an Education Specialist Degree, Educational Administration, Valdosta State University; a Masters of Education, Educational Administration, Valdosta State University; an Educational Specialist certification, Middle Grades Education, Valdosta State University; a Masters of Education, Middle Grades Education, Valdosta State University; and a Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education, Georgia Southern University. My honors and community activities include: Teacher of the Year; Professional Association of Educators Outstanding District Member Award; Jim Hall Humanitarian Award for work with Special Education programs; Volunteer Soccer, Tennis, and Baseball coach; American Cancer Society Chairman; Church Children's Director; and member of Destiny Worship Center. I have been married for 36 years to Scott Michie, former principal with 38 years teaching experience. We have two sons, Brian and Bradley, and one granddaughter. We were selected Junior Woman's Club Family of the Year.

Marsha Winegarner

Interview: https://www.mypanhandle.com/news/walton-county/meet-walton-county-school-board-district-4-candidate-marsha-winegarner/

Mayor of Paxton

Ann Sexton

No information available.

Haward Thomas

No information available.