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St. Johns County Commission

Two county commission seats are up for election this year, with Jeb Smith being re-elected to the District 2 seat without opposition. The only competitive race is for District 4.

DISTRICT 4 (includes northeastern St. Johns County east of U.S. 1 and north of St. Augustine)

Jeremiah Blockwer won a four-way Republican primary and will face NPA candidate John C. (Jack) Gorman in the November general election. 

Age: 39

Candidate's family: Spouse Lauren, Daughter and Son.

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Bachelor in History, University of Florida; Masters in History, Norwich University; Juris Doctorate, Florida Coastal School of Law; Master of Laws, University of Miami; and Masters in Entrepreneurship, University of Florida

Political experience: None

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

Maintaining great quality of life by putting families first.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race? 

1) Solving the infrastructure needs of St. Johns County.
2) Keeping our community safe through fully funding law enforcement and fire rescue.
3) Attracting economic development that will benefit every citizen.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

Battle tested leadership. Experience in land use. Track record of public service and problem solving. Ability to bring fresh ideas and business mindset to local government.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

For developing a strategic 20 year plan that properly answers: Where the county will grow, how it will grow, what growth will benefit taxpayers and what that growth will look for the average citizen?

Website: jeremiahblocker.com
Social media: Facebook / Twitter

Age: 68

Candidate's family: Karen Married 33 years. Karen has been in the media and medical fields.

Occupation: Merchant Marine

Education: US Coast Guard Masters License-Unlimited Tonnage Officers License -FAA Twin Engine Pilots License. British Standards Institute Lead Auditor Certification. Previously Florida Licensed EMT.

Political experience: Eight years Board of Directors St. Augustine St. John's County Airport Authority. Treasurer for 1 year. During this time the St.. Augustine Airport was Removed from the local tax roles, operating without burden to County residents. Also the airport received a National Environmental Design Excellence Award – during my tenure on the board.

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less. 

By careful planning make all of St. John's County stand out.

What do you see as the top three issues in this race? 

(1) Fastest growing area in the COUNTRY causing current -and unforeseen future problems. These must be anticipated and dealt with before they arise- rather than having crisis after crisis – Traffic, Schools, etc. Developers seem to be firmly in control at the present time. (2) Quality of Life-Environment in all aspects- including Water utility access and availability. Environmentally responsible development that looks 25 years ahead- not day by day. Schools that are designed for security -and funded by this growth (3) The Future: a product of the previous topics- what are we leaving future generations? Tasteless urban sprawl (as can be seen in much of South Florida) or a legacy of careful thought and design.

How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot? 

Unburdened by party politics or favoritism- provide an unbiased viewpoint.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office? 

Making a positive difference in the overall environment, tasteful design, and sustainable financial health of the community.

Website: JohncJackGorman.com
Social media:Twitter