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County commission candidates: District 3

POSTED: May 12, 2014 9:05 p.m.

Jamie Deloach

Age: 34
Family: Wife, Jenni Echols DeLoach; son, Gavin John DeLoach
Occupation: Branch manager for The Coastal Bank
Current residence: Clyo
Why am I running:
To make Effingham County the best place to live and do business in the Southeast/Coastal Empire/Georgia. I grew up in Effingham County, attended its public schools and played varsity baseball and basketball in high school, I am active in my church and attended a regional university. I returned to Effingham County to work and begin a family. I want our county to continue to be the type of place that contributed so much to my own development as a young man. Our county policies and decision-making have to be aligned to making sure our community is a place to nurture families and foster business to provide the services and tax base to ensure that the quality of life continues to be at a high level.
I have a strong financial and managerial background that I have gotten from working at two community banks in Effingham County. I have a BBA in marketing from Georgia Southern University and a MBA from GSU. I also have held leadership roles in my church and civic organizations which I am a part of. I think the leadership skills that I have developed over time have prepared me to be a strong representative for the best interest of District 3.
What are your top objectives?
In my opinion and after talking with residents of District 3, the road conditions are the most pressing issue we are facing. I am committed to try to find a solution for these issues. I also think we need to improve our recreational facilities.


Steve Mason (incumbent)

Age: 52
Family: wife, Sharon Mason; son Chris, daughter Lisa.
Occupation: Project manager for Imperial Sugar
Place of birth/how long have you lived in Effingham County: Grew in up Garden City and moved to Effingham in 1980 and now live in Clyo.
Previous political experience: Elected county commissioner in 2010
Why I am running:
I want to continue to use my conservative values to unload the burden of development on the shoulders of the homeowner. While I want to remain development-friendly, I don’t want it to be at the expense of the homeowners.
I plan to continue working with staff and county engineers on new procedures to deal with the ash road problems we have. My previous experience in the road building business has proven to be an asset to our board. One idea I brought to our engineers is to till the ash into the existing roadbed, add a layer of crushed stone, then surface with asphalt. We currently have a contract let on Bunyan Kessler Road that will be done with this new idea.
Lowering the cost of county employee health care costs and keeping the coverage virtually the same as before. This saved the taxpayers approximately $1 million per year.
Fifteen years as the owner of a small paving and grading business and the last three years on the Board of Commissioners have given me the experience to continue to make the best decisions for the taxpayer of the county. I have strong values of right and wrong and am not afraid to stand up and speak for those who I represent.
Top three objectives for the next four years:
1. Finishing the county development manual
2. A solution to the ash roads and moving forward on the Effingham Parkway to help with traffic and the IDA’s marketability in the south end of the county
3. Paying water/sewer debt while keeping property taxes reasonable

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