Jan Andrews is the Republican candidate seeking to become the commissioner of Jones County’s District 4 in the Nov. 3 Election.
She formally introduced herself to voters in an article published in the Sept. 3 edition of The Jones County News, but she started knocking on the doors of voters in her district in mid-August.
Andrews was born in Macon and moved to Jones County with her family when she was 7. She is a product of the Jones County School System, having attended school here from the fourth grade until she graduated.
The candidate has been married to her husband Dennis for 44 years, and they have two children. She spent her career in banking for 32 years as a data analyst, working her way up to the position of regional first vice president before retiring in 2008.
Andrews said she has been spending time with family since her retirement.
The candidate said her love of politics started early in her life and was inspired by her father. He was a bluecollar farm worker who instilled his work ethic in her.
After the 2016 election, Andrews said she became aware of problems in her district that were not being addressed. That was when she made the decision she wanted to get involved and make a difference.
Andrews started going to every county commission meeting and has not missed a meeting in three and a half years. She made it a goal to get to know all of the commissioners, and she has accomplished that goal.
Andrews is currently the chairman of the Jones County Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals, a volunteer position she has held for two years.
The candidate said she is determined to run a positive campaign. She said, when she talks to people, she asks for their vote and gives them her flyer. She said the response she has received from voters has been good.
During her original interview, Andrews said among the issues that need work in District 4 are blight, litter, recreation, crime and drugs.
She said blight issues mostly have to do with rental properties that are not kept up, and recreation is connected to needs at the old Mattie Wells gym.
Andrews said people should vote for her because she is a natural born problem solver and she would work well with the other commissioners. She explained that she approaches issues by looking at the big picture and how decisions would impact everyone.
The candidate said, if elected, she believes she would bring a different insight to the board.
Andrews said her plan is to stay in contact with her constituents after the election in order to keep in touch with their needs.