Thursday, January 24, 2008

Why do I want to be county Judge?

The weather service is calling for possible sleet and freezing rain tonight and Friday morning so please be careful driving.

I am asked almost every day "why do you want to be county judge?" That is a fair and relevant question, and here is my answer.

I would like to be county judge to serve the people of Howard county. One of the nicest compliments I ever received was from a lady that I had the opportunity to help as an EMT and then later in another capacity,at the second meeting she said "first as an EMT and now this, you are always serving". I feel that we all have a duty to help our communities and I do my best by being a servant.

I have always believed that the best way to lead is to serve. In all of my jobs in public safety I have tried to be a servant of the public. As I served in these jobs I began to see ways for local government to work for the betterment of all of Howard County. I want to help improve roads,communications ,emergency services,and county government services for everyone in the county.

My promise to each and everyone of you is that I will listen to your concerns. I will be courteous in my dealings with you. I will, as I have proven in the past, put the public welfare above my own.

I am convinced Howard county can have a bright and prosperous future.

I want to be county judge to serve the people of this county.

Remember the campaign kickoff at the Howard county fair barn on February 9th beginning at 6:00 pm.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

My newest Class



This is most of my First Responder class from Ben Lomond.We had students from:lockesburg, Wilton, Ben Lomond,Horatio, and Mineral Springs Fire Departments.

I am really proud of this class they have done really well.I know that they will serve their communities well .

Friday, January 18, 2008

Vote Vote Vote

Every privilege carries a responsibility.If you drive a car that is a privilege the responsibility is to drive so that you don't hurt yourself or someone else.The privilege of living in the greatest country on earth carries responsibilities also.
I met two very different people recently one told me they didn't vote, they had no interest in voting were not going to vote and really just were "not interested".The second person was a retiree to this area and he mentioned how that he was a captain in his neighborhood watch program and tried to support the local fire department and wanted to be involved in his community and was planning on voting.
The first person wanted all the privileges of this country but none of the responsibilities.The second person realized that he not only had privileges but he had responsibilities.
One of the greatest responsibilities we have as citizens of this tremendous country is to vote.This is part of our input to how the country is run and what our future will be.
Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote Vote
Remember campaign Kickoff and Fundraiser February 9 Howard county Fairground 5:00 PM

Monday, January 14, 2008

Volunteers Helping Howard county

There are more than volunteer fire departments that give of their time to help make Howard county the best place on earth to live. I know I'll leave some out but I don't mean to so here is my list of people that give to all of us.
Sheriffs reserve,literacy council,Christian clinic,Hospital Auxiliary,Search and Rescue team,Skywarn,the people that put the PineTree festival and Standup together,4H leaders, and many more
These are just a few of the many many people that volunteer their time, effort,and money to help our county.
I honestly do believe that Howard County is a wonderful place. I think we have a positive future.
We have a lot to offer:recreation,good schools,industry,agriculture,forestry,and beautiful scenery.If you haven't noticed by now I am big on Howard county, and I am big on volunteers

Thursday, January 10, 2008

volunteers

Let's talk about the fire departments in Howard county.Staring from the top of the county they are Athens,Umpire,Dierks,Center Point,County Line,Nashville,Mineral Springs,Cottonshed, Tollette,and Saratoga.The best estimate that I can come up with is that these departments make approximately 300 calls a year.I came up with this based on the number of runs that we did at Mineral Springs ,in 2007, some departments do more and some less.If each call averages two hours that's 600 hours a year that are given by these volunteers!
For every call made there are numerous hours spent in training ,preparation ,and maintenance.
The services offered by the departments include: fire suppression,extrication,medical first responder,water rescue,fire safety education,fire inspections and hazardous materials decontamination.While we don't often get cats out of trees we have been known to haul water to poultry houses when wells have failed.directed traffic at accident scenes,and covered roofs damaged in storms.
Howard county fire departments are funded in a variety of ways.Some departments have barbecues ,cake walks,and auctions for fund raisers.Some are funded by their municipalities.Some charge dues,some don't.All of the departments receive act 833 funding .This is a 1/2 of 1 percent tax on property insurance,so for every 10 dollars you pay in insurance premiums the fire departments get 5 cents.
Beginning in 2008 in order to receive act 833 each member of a department is required to have 24 hours of training per year.To be a firefighter approximately 28 hours of training is required.This brings a person to the introductory level and more training is encouraged.Most departments meet or drill twice a month.One thing that is unique to the Howard county fire depatments is that the fire service radio system is owned by the departments themelves.
Hopefully I've given you a brief overview of the fire service in Howard county.
To the men and women of our fire departments I say thank you.You make Howard county a better place.
I am planning a campaign kickoff on Febuary 9 at the Howard county fair barn at 6:00 p.m. I'll have more about this later.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Having fun

Blogging is a completely new experience for me.but we will work through it.I am having fun campaigning for Howard county Judge,meeting new people,hearing concerns and dreams of the people of the county are enjoyable. Something that continues to impress me is the positive outlook and common sense of the people here.
I am trying to meet as many people as I can from all over the county, it is a long way from Saratoga to Athens. I am continuing to work at the ambulance service and we work seven twentyfour hour shifts in a two week period so covering the county will take some time.
If you want to ask a question or just visit give me a call or e-mail.