Union County Tax Collector

Published On: Aug 07 2012 04:22:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 21 2012 10:27:12 PM EDT

Democrat Lisa Johnson prevailed in a three-way primary race for Union County Tax Collector and will face Republican Chris Mecusker in the November General Election.

Lisa Johnson


PARTY:  Democratic

AGE:  47

FAMILY:  Married 27 years to Nick Johnson; 2 daughters, Brittany (Traye) Tetstone, Lacey (Roger) Barnett; 6 grandchildren

OCCUPATION:  Assistant tax collector

EDUCATION:  1983 graduate Union Coounty High School; Certified Florida Collector's Assistant

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  "This is the first time I have personally run for office, but have worked 25 combined years for 2 Tax Collectors."

HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?

  1. Experience: I am the only candidate with experience in the Office of the Tax Collector. The training, education and day-to-day experiences of working in the office have provided me with a wealth of comprehensive understanding of the requirements necessary to do the job and meet the needs of the public.
  2. Customer Satisfaction: The citizens of this County are our consumers. They are the "users" of our service, and deserve to be treated with respect, coutesy and kindness. Although some aspects of our service, such as the new State requirements for the issuance of a driver's license, are time consuming and cause the customer a great deal of work to gather the required items, it is our job to assist them through the process, to make it as painless as possible.
  3. Fiscal Responsibility: In these difficult economic times, every family has experienced greater hardships on their household budget. The County and State's resources have been stretched to the limits as well. With my knowledge and experience in the budgeting process of the Tax Collector's Office, I will strive to bring quality, friendly service to the citizens of Union County, while maintaining my commitment to cost the tax payers as little as possible to do so.


HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?


FACEBOOK:  Lisa B. Johnson for Union County Tax Collector

Chris Mecusker


PARTY:  Republican

AGE:  30
 
FAMILY:  Married (wife pregnant with 1st)
 
OCCUPATION:  Education/teacher
 
EDUCATION:  B.A. Political Science/Spanish, BYU; M.A. Administration, FAMU
 
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Worked for the Scottish Parliament as an MSP (Member of Scottish Parliament) aide and worked in the press office of the SNP (Scottish National Party) on party platform issues and press releases.
 
WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. Improving the quality of service and professionalism in the tax collector's office.
  2. Modernizing the tax collector's office by establishing updated computer systems, programs, and website to provide more efficient services to tax payers.
  3. Utilize 100% all resources to create a professional and quality experience for the tax payers of Union County. 

 
HOW DO YOU THINK YOU CAN HELP VOTERS IN A WAY OTHERS IN THIS RACE CAN'T?

WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

 
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  chrismecuskerfoructaxcollector