Incumbent St. Johns County Commissioner Sarah Arnold won 51% of the vote in a five-way Republican primary in August. No Democrat signed up to run but a write-in candidate did qualify, which, under Florida law, kept the primary closed to only Republican voters.
That write-in candidate, Graham Kellar McGee, who voter records show is a registered Republican, withdrew her candidacy one week after the primary. That means Arnold wins a second four-year term on the commission without having to appear on the general election ballot.
News4Jax sent a questionnaire to each candidate asking about their background and their views on several issues. Scroll down to read Arnold’s responses.
Occupation: (No response)
Family: Wife, Mother of 4
Education: (No response)
Political experience: None
What do you see as the top three issues you’ll likely face while holding this office?
- Managing smart growth, focusing on improving our roadways
- Providing services to support our Veterans, Military, Law Enforcement & First Responders
- Increasing economic development opportunities
How can you help voters in a way that others running for this office cannot?
- My heart has always been in serving our community. I have the unique perspective of understanding our local issues because I’ve spent time within our various communities to understand the needs facing St. Johns today.
What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?
- I hope that the people of St. Johns feel that their needs and concerns are answered, I see my role as County Commissioner as a job where I am hired to represent the needs of our county first and foremost. I hope to continue holding our local government to a higher standard in serving the community I am elected to represent.
Campaign website: sarahforstjohns.com
Campaign’s social media site(s): Facebook Sarah Arnold for County Commission