Jones County has three local races on the ballot for the Nov. 3 Election, and all candidates in those races will be highlighted in The Jones County News in the coming weeks.
Each candidate will be introduced and questions asked in order to give voters the opportunity to make an informed decision when casting their ballots.
One of the newcomers in local politics, Jan Andrews, was featured in last week’s edition. Andrews, a Republican, is running for Commissioner in District 4, challenging the Democratic incumbent Daylon Martin.
District 3 will have a new commissioner in January who is unopposed in the November election. That commissioner-elect is Wendy Vaughn. She will replace Commissioner Tommy Robinson who opted not to qualify to run for re-election.
Board of Commissioner Chairman Chris Weidner and District 1 Commissioner Sam Kitchens were not opposed in the election.
The candidates running for Commissioner District 2 are featured in this week’s edition. Jonathan Pitts, Democrat, is the incumbent, and he is challenged by John Wood, Republican.
Pitts and Wood were interviewed for the article. In addition to the interview, each was given a series of identical questions and the answers to those questions are also printed in this week’s edition.
The Sept. 17 edition will feature the candidates for Jones County Sheriff, incumbent Butch Reece, Republican, and challenger Louis Pounds, Democrat. Andrews and Martin will be featured with their questions in the Sept. 24 edition.
The purpose of the articles is to allow voters to get to know the candidates and their views on the issues that affect the day-to-day lives of everyone in the community. Jones County Commissioners decide the amount of taxes property owners pay and control the purse strings for all county services, including roads, courts, law enforcement and water.
The Sheriff oversees law enforcement and the day-to-day protection of Jones County residents. To say the decisions to be made in the Nov. 3 election are important to the residents of Jones County is an understatement.