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Candidates for Nassau County County Commissioner - District 5

Klynt A. Farmer

Republican

Age: 38

Candidate's family: K.A. "Kenny" Farmer and Vicki Eddy Manges - Father and Mother

Occupation: Self Employed- Septic Tank Contractor

Education: West Nassau High Graduate/ Academic Honors

Political experience: Assisted in providing scientific information for the structure of several pieces of legislation through the Political Action Committee of F.O.W.A (Florida Onsite Wastewater Association) Constructed bullet point discussions for local representatives and worked to preserve private property ownership rights

What do you see as the top three issues in this race? 1. Reconnecting our B.O.C.C and the Office of Management and Budget to the Clerk of the Court's Office through open minded dialogue and working together for the ultimate benefit of the hard working taxpayers. 2. Eliminate special interests and adding diversity to all boards that serve the community/ level the playing field for future generations/ making "good deals" while spending tax dollars. 3. Properly funding infrastructure and public safety.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?                                                        I am a service technician/ business owner serving my community for the past twenty three years out in these family's back yards. I have the upper hand on holding an open line of communication with the friends and neighbors of the county I serve. I am always accessible to the needs of my customers, I listen, I care, I assist them as if they are my family.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?                              Being the most accessible, approachable commissioner in the history of my hometown.

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Facebook and/or Twitter pages: Facebook.com/FarmerforCommissioner

 

Justin M. Taylor

Republican

Age: 33

Candidate's family: Wife, Shannon; 6 year old son, Brayden

Occupation: Public Information Officer for the Nassau County Property Appraiser's Office

Education: Studied Real Estate at Florida Real Estate Institute

Political experience: None

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?                                                                                                    I believe the three biggest issues in this race are community development to diversify the tax base, expanding our citizens quality of life and improving communication with our taxpayers.

Nassau County is very diverse. The wants and desires of Fernandina, Yulee, Callahan, Hilliard, and Bryceville are all different from one another. As Nassau County continues to develop, we must take a deeper look into each community's desires in order for the County as a whole to prosper. I'm a fiscal conservative. I believe in lower taxes and better, not bigger, government. Nassau County relies too much on residential rooftops for their tax base and not enough on manufacturing, industrial, and commercial businesses. It's these businesses that will broaden the tax base and hold down residential property taxes. I support smart, managed growth that will protect our natural resources and find businesses that will be vested in the well being of our communities.

The primary focus of the county commission should be to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens. With aging infrastructure and a tight budget, we must work to enhance our resources and quality of life for our residents. This includes supporting our fire, rescue, and law enforcement personnel. We must also work to maintain and improve our parks, beaches, and public roads. As the only candidate with a family, I want to make Nassau a great place to live, work and play for generations to come.

As a taxpayer, we need a commission who is willing to work with everyone involved to improve the county we live in. We need a commission who will be responsive to our needs. We need a commission who will be interactive and engaging. We need a commission who will be transparent, and we need a commission who we can hold accountable.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?                                                         I feel that my background and career path has provided me the skills and knowledge to be an excellent public servant. For the past three and a half years I have worked as the Public Information Officer for the Nassau County Property Appraiser. In addition, for the past 9 years I've been involved on a statewide level where I've advocated for various issues primarily surrounding the child welfare system. This has led to me serving on various boards and committees such as a DCF Task Force, the Advisory Board for Florida's Children First, and most recently as Vice-Chair of the Family Support Services Board of Directors where we have focused on strategic planning and overseeing a multi-million budget. I will use my leadership skills, not for political gain, but for the betterment of Nassau County.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?                                                                                                                                                                                          I want to be remembered as a commissioner who was engaging with the citizens and ensured that we had a clear vision as to what each community within the County needs and wants were and protected the diversity of each community. A commissioner who assisted in bringing new, high paying jobs to our communities that assisted in reducing the 60% of us that have to travel out of the County for work currently. Lastly, I want to be remember as a commissioner who fostered stronger relationships among elected officials, business owners and community leaders to establish common goals that can be achieved by working together.

Campaign Website: VoteJustinTaylor.com

Facebook and/or Twitter pages: Facebook.com/votejustintaylor