(Editor’s note: Daylon Martin is the Democratic candidate for Jones County Commissioner District 4 in the Nov. 3 Election. He is the incumbent, having represented the district since his election in 2012. The candidate declined participating in interviews and answering questions for the newspaper. However, in order to present at least some of his views on issues facing his district, the News is printing this Sept. 7 post from his “Daylon Martin for Jones County Commissioner District 4” Facebook page.)
As we approach the election, less than two months away, consider the following when selecting your candidate:
Is it a party thing, democrat vs. republican, or is it an issue thing? I was taught to vote issues not parties, in a time like this, nationally and locally there are challenges with both parties so the issues and where your candidate stands on them are what’s important.
Jones County Issues (PART 1):
Employee salary, benefits and work-life balance is important for a sustainable workforce dedicated to serving our community. I’ve worked hard for eight years to ensure all of our employees are compensated and provided for, it’s the least we could do. The most recent salary study and payroll bump places our employees at a more reasonable and equitable position for retention and reward for all they do, especially during COVID.
Infrastructure, roads, bridges, water, sewer, high speed internet. We need improvement in all of these areas. River North and south Jones needs its own sewer and waste water treatment facility so we can stop paying Macon Water Authority and being subject to annual rate hikes. We pay over $250,000 annually which is enough to build and own our own facility and save $250,000 per year, or $2,000,000 since I’ve been in office.
Roads and bridges need to be repaired and replaced all over the county. Critical high use roads are top priority as is completing at least 1-2 minor roads in every district, every year. Equity across the district ensures that no district gets neglected and we have a plan for road maintenance across the county based on need not special interests.
Fire/EMA is necessary in every community. Our department is voluntary and needs our support to continue to provide great service to the community. Increased demand in calls warrants increased readiness and personnel. Investing in fire trucks, PPE, and personnel is essential. Some areas and stations require full time support, it’s our job as leaders and voters to make sure it happens.
Always know or at least ask your candidate where they stand so you know who and what you are voting for. When in doubt, always go to the source, check meeting minutes, and watch the meetings live for the truth, newspapers and media lie and spin, but live meetings and video reveal all! We’re on YouTube.