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Candidates for Columbia County Commission - District 5


There are three candidates running in this nonpartisan race that appears on the Aug. 30 primary ballot. Follow links for candidate profiles for those who returned the News4Jax questionnaire.

Befaithful Coker | Scarlet Parnell Frisina | Kyle M. Green | Timothy (Tim) Murphy


Befaithful Coker

Age:

Candidate's family:

Occupation: Executive Director of non profit/ small business

Education: Bachelors Degree in Business from Mercer

Political experience: 1st time

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
1. Accountability for management of resources in open government.
2. Healthy economic growth that promotes small businesses and ensures tax incentives for new businesses development provides actual value to citizens.
3. Reduction of wasteful use of resources with no provisions for elderly and youth citizens.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
I bring education, active community involvement and a progressive vision. My opponents have spent their lives forced to see opportunity as limited by the four corners of Columbia County. Our needs and opportunities must be seen through the eyes of a global markets properly identifying and strengths and weaknesses and assessing how to prepare our environment and its citizens to be economically sound.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
Getting people involved in buildibg stronger communities starting with their individual efforts.

Campaign Website: Www.Bcoker4commissioner.Info

Facebook and/or Twitter pages: https://m.facebook.com/bcoker4commissioner


Kyle M. Green

Age: 23

Candidate's family: My family helped found Columbia County over 100 years ago.

Occupation: Self Employed

Education: Currently in school to become a Licensed Massage Therapist

Political experience: This is my first time running for a public office. I'm the youngest individual to run in Columbia County this election.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
1. Job growth and economic stability.
2. Balancing a budget.
3. Investing in our youth, families and veterans.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
I can help voters better than my opponents because I care. I'm willing to donate my first year salary ($42,000) as a commissioner back to the community to fund programs that have been ignored for so many years.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
I want to be remembered as the commissioner that actually listened to the voters. A commissioner that was accessible at all times no matter what the issue is. I'm going to be elected by the people, so I'll work for the people! "Breaking Barriers, Building Futures."

Campaign Website: none

Facebook and/or Twitter pages: Facebook.com/Kyle-Green-for-Columbia-County-Commissioner-District-5-1593332800956831


Scarlet Parnell Frisina

Age: 37

Candidate's family: Ward Anthony Frisina, husband of 17 years. Children: Caitlyn Morgan Frisina - 16yo, Chandler Ward Frisina, 13yo.

Occupation: Full-time County Commissioner, small farm - beef cattle, meat goats, timber, and family owned Forestry Consulting Business.

Education: Associates Degree

Political experience: Columbia County Commissioner - District 5 - 7 1/2 years

What do you see as the top three issues in this race?
Although other candidates and some media have attempted to make up issues, I don't see our race as having any. However, as the District 5 Commissioner, I will:
1.) continue to work at maintaining fiscal responsibility
2.) continue to pursue economic growth and jobs creation, and
3.) continue to work to provide our citizens with valued essential services and programs.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
I am the only candidate with the experience needed to continue to lead Columbia County. Whether it is meeting with folks about a neighborhood issue, making tough decisions for them on the board, or taking their concerns to Tallahassee, I have worked hard for our County and District 5. As the only full-time commissioner, I will continue to make myself available, working with citizens, helping them get answers to their questions and solutions to their particular issues.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
So much of what a commissioner can/can't do in a community is contingent upon economics and cooperation with other board members. At the end of the day, I want constituents to say, "she loves our community and worked really hard for it, she always communicated well with her district, returning calls and meeting folks at their convenience to help find solutions, AND she was down-to-earth, pleasant and she treated everyone with respect."

Campaign Website: Folks are welcome to call or email me. 386-365-0687 or scarletfrisina@gmail.com

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