Nassau County Commission, District 5

Published On: Aug 02 2012 02:30:19 PM EDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2012 02:35:51 PM EDT

The District 5 county commission seat is one of two spots on the commission that are up for election in 2012.

The two candidates for this seat -- Walter Boatright Jr. and Kenneth Bruce Overstreet -- are both Republicans, but since no other candidates are running, all voters can cast ballots in the races and the winner of the Aug. 14 primary will be elected to a four-year term.

Read about the two candidates:

Walter Boatright Jr.

AGE: 53

FAMILY:  Wife Tonya, Sons: Jeremy (Kerri), Steven, Grandsons Brock and Cooper

OCCUPATION: County commissioner

EDUCATION:  West Nassau High School class of 1976; trade school/apprenticeship

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Current county commissioner

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. Helping to create more jobs in the county
  2. Managing the budget
  3. Continue our infastructure improvements


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

  • "By using my experience and contacts I've made in Tallahassee."


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

  • "By making Nassau County a better place for our children and grandchildren."


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  None

Kenneth Bruce Overstreet

AGE:  66

FAMILY:  Married, 38 years; 2 sons, Steve (Atlanta police officer), Jim (Border Patrol agent)

OCCUPATION:  Retired from Florida Air National Guard

EDUCATION:  Ribault Sr. High School; Community College of the Air Force

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  None

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN THIS RACE?

  1. "Budget-The last several years, the only way the budget was balanced was to transfer funds from the reserve accounts. The projected shortfall for the next budget is approximately $3 million. No funds should be drawn from reserves or there should be no tax increase until every avenue of cost cutting has been explored. The sitting commissioner should know more about fiscal items than this citizen. Does he have a budget plan?
  2. "Public Confidence - The largest and greatest hurdle facing a County Commissioner today is that people have a growing mistrust of all elected officials and the lack of public confidence in government as a whole.
  3. "Jobs/Employment Opportunities - Promote fair and healthy business atmosphere where both large and small businesses can be a productive and profitable asset for Nassau County."


HOW CAN YOU HELP VOTERS IN A WAY IN A WAY THAT OTHERS RUNNING FOR THIS OFFICE CANNOT?

  • "Voters want to know that their elected officials listen to them. You may not get them what they want, but they need to know that you are interested in their problems, and the county's problems. I will be responsive and dependable. As I walk the neighborhoods, one complaint far out numbers the others, "he never returns my calls", "won't answer his phone", "not interested in public input". If you can't listen, you can't serve."


WHAT WOULD YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR ACCOMPLISHING AFTER SERVING IN THIS OFFICE?

  • "Honesty and Integrity - "He brought credibility to public office. Mr. Overstreet didn't lie to me. He was fair and played by the rules with everyone he encountered. Mr. Overstreet brought "Leadership with Integrity" back to the Board of County Commissioners of Nassau County.


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  VoteKO.com

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