Putnam County Commission - District 2

Putnam County Commission District 2 includes northern Putnam County, stretching south to Reid Street, Bardin Road to the west and the St. Johns River to the east.

The winner Jeff Rawls won the Republican primary in August and faces Democrat Chip Laibl in the November general election.


Jeff Rawls , Palatka

Age: 53

Candidate's family: Dawn (Wife), Liam (5y/o Son)

Occupation: General Contractor


Political experience: 

Summarize your political platform in 10 words or less.

Conservative, more citizens involvement, Charter Government,Term Limits

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

Lack of a workforce due to the lackof available housing.
Lack of economic development and not having a dedicated Economic Developement professional on staff in the county.
Citizens Advisory/Task Forces are not utilized prior to making major decisions allowing the commissioners to make rushed decissions without public input.

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

Educate the public on the advantages of a Charter Form of Government and encourage a change from our current. Utilize the strength of our public and form advisory groups to research and advise on issues like our Landfill, Insurance, Roads, development, Fire Service, etc
Encourage Community Development Districs to provide the needed infrastructure for the creation of housing that is needed to attract workers to live inside our county.

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

Developement of quality housing that attracts workers from surrounding counties. This will raise our tax base and provide more dollars for the school district. More than 65% of our housing is over 40 years old and occupied. Development will lead to job creation wich will lead to creating a workforce and as well as entertainment, restaurants, shopping, etc.

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Chip Laibl (incumbent), Bostwick

Chip Laibl currently represents District 2 on the Putnam County Commission.

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