Clay County Commission, District 3

Published On: Jul 30 2012 04:24:17 PM EDT
Updated On: Oct 13 2012 08:19:14 PM EDT

Republicans Diane Hutchings and Jim Renninger got the most votes in a three-way universal primary race in Clay County Commission District 3 and will appear on the General Election ballot.

Diane Hutchings


AGE:  51

FAMILY:  Married to Brett Hutchings; daughter, Ashley Hutchings Gilhousen; son, Kyle; 2 grandchildren

OCCUPATION:  Managing director, First Florida Investment Services

EDUCATION:  St. Johns River Junior College; Florida College at Jacksonville

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:   2 terms on the Green Cove Springs City Council, mayor and vice-mayor; appointed to the Tourism Development Council and the Transportation Advisory Committee

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

  1. "Creating an environment where business can flourish by streamling bureaucracy, creating incentives for asset intense companies and building alliances with the private sector to gain a competitive advantage.
  2. "Working smarter. Re-thinking how we deliver/perform public services in areas where it would be possible to consolidate or go out for bids.
  3. 3. Transportation! We have a lot riding on the outer beltway and must continue to be vigilant about seeing it come about."

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

  • "My public service, professional training and personal business experience qualify me to bring our voters the highest level of experience and diligence. I completed 2 terms in municipal government in Green Cove Springs and have remained involved for the past 13 years through volunteering, appointments and participation. In my private life my husband and I are small business owners and I work with small business owners as a planner. My professional expertise involves assessing, goal setting, data collection, risk assessment, strategic planning, execution and monitoring."


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

  • "I would hope to be remembered for the people I helped, the lives I touched. As someone who led as a servant leader from the heart, who was a woman of her word, and who always did her homework and had a gift for bringing people together for the common good."


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE:  DianeHutchings.com

Jim Renninger


AGE:  62

FAMILY:  Wife, Phyllis; 3 daughters and son: Rebecca, Jessica, Katherine and Daniel; 5 grandchildren: Jack, Matt and Rachael Hooper, Jakob and Allison Wilson

OCCUPATION:  Retired military officer/pilot (CAPT/O-6); Florida State College at Jacksonville/Florida Coast Career Tech

EDUCATION:  B.S. math education, Penn State University; M.A.  business administration, Webster University; Ph.D candidate, higher education leadership, NorthCentral University; national strategic studies, National War College, Washington D.C.

POLITICAL EXPERIENCE:  Elected to Orange Park Town Council in 2007; re-elected in 2010; held positions of vice mayor/mayor

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

  1. Economic Development/Jobs
  2. Transportation
  3. Balancing Budget

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

  • "I am a committed public servant (Military -26 years, Town Council – 6 years, FSCJ -10 years). 
  • "I have extensive experience in leadership (selected for 3 different commands in the military) worked directly for ADM Mike Mullen the recently retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as his Chief of Staff on the USS George Washington Battle Group.
    "I am experienced in high level politics. I worked for 3 years at the Joint Staff in the Pentagon under General Colon Powell. I am the only candidate who has testified to Congress (March 30, 2007) as requested by Rep. John Mica and successfully persuaded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to accept an application by FSCJ to become an FAA authorized Air Traffic Control School (currently delivered at FSCJ-Cecil Center- Cecil Airport).
    "I have been an active partner with JAXUSA Partnership/JEDC (Jerry Mellot/John Haley) on recruiting briefs and trips to entice new companies to consider/select Jacksonville for future relocation/expansions. I am an active member of First Coast Manufacturers (FCMA), Past President of the Westside Business Leaders Association (WBLA), managing member of two Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), investor in a 182 unit apartment complex, board member of a low income housing complex in Jacksonville, and board member of my luxury condo association in Pensacola Florida.
    "I am a former investment advisor with experience in budgetary procedure both in the government and civilian sectors. I have an extremely successful background in the author, award and execution of grants utilized for the benefit of constituents.
    "I am a rated pilot holding the highest FAA rating (Airline Transport Pilot) and am a partner in a light general aviation aircraft home based at Herlong Field. With this aircraft I have given countless youth the opportunity to experience the importance of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) career though the thrill of flight."


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

  • "I would hope to be remembered as a servant-leader for the constituents I represent. Of the thousands of military service members whom I have lead and the thousands of persons I have served in my community, one could conduct survey and find that I was a visionary leader, planner, and organizer who is a good listener and will relentlessly pursue the goals that benefit the constituents I serve."


CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.elect-renninger.com

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