By Samantha Joseph
MARTIN COUNTY - A candidate with four decades of management and public service experience wants to represent District 5 on the Martin County Commission.
John L. Haddox is set to run in the 2012 Republican primary for the seat that Commission Chairman Ed Ciampi is vacating to run for Martin County clerk of the circuit court.
Mr. Haddox's core beliefs include protecting the county's comprehensive plan and the urban development boundary.
Hometown News does not endorse any candidates for political office, but instead, provides information about each candidate for voters to make an educated decision.
Name: John L. Haddox
Occupation: Veterans services
Spouse and children: Single. Children are John and Jacqueline
Q: How long have you lived in Martin County?
A: 24 years
Q: Why did you decide to run?
A: I served my country from 1968-88 on active duty in the United States Navy, and for the past 12 years, served my community as the Martin County director of veterans services. In all, I have more than 40 years of leadership and management experience, and it is my desire to serve you as the next Martin County District 5 commissioner.
Martin County is at a crossroads. I have lived and worked here for 24 years and I love my community. It is my pledge to protect our unique quality of life for our children by defending our comprehensive growth management plan and urban service districts, while at the same time, promoting a diverse and vibrant economy.
Q: What are the top two issues you plan to address for the county?
A: To preserve our unique quality of life and natural resources for future generations and to promote a vibrant and diverse economy.
Q: What are the other central issues of your campaign?
A: My most important mission will be to serve the community with integrity, to respect every individual and their opinions and to ensure the most efficient use of our hard-earned tax dollars.
Q: What makes you the most qualified candidate?
A: I have more than 40 years of leadership and management experience. I have lived and worked in Martin County for the past 24 years, and for the past 12 years I have directed the operation of the county division that provides services to thousands of veterans and their families each year. My job involves inter-governmental and inter-agency responsibilities where I have served on panels and boards at the regional, state and federal levels, including 10 years on congressional advisory boards.
The knowledge I've gained of the people, organizations and businesses of our county have equipped me well to serve you as a commissioner.
Phone: (772) 341-3652
Other: John Haddox Campaign, P.O. Box 868, Stuart, FL 34995.