Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Candidate Spotlight: David Gault (D-Haddock), HD 125

For the Open HD 125 seat, Former Jones County Commissioner David Gault, a conservative democrat will attempt to win the seat against Susan Holmes (R-Monticello). Curtis Jenkins was the last democrat to hold that seat until redistricting led to his defeat from Jim Cole a few years ago.

He first ran for The Jones County Commission in the 2000 elections, was elected, and served the county as the Vice-Chairman from January 2001 until December 2009.

Commissioner Gault is married and the father of 5 children and has three granddaughters. He is a veteran of two terms in the U.S. Navy, one of which he served on an aircraft carrier that helped run the Cuban blockade.

He also serves on the following boards & committees:

ACCG General County Government member

2009-10 ACCG Board of Managers, elected by leaders of the Assoc. of County Commissioners

Chairman of the Revenue and Finance Committee, ACCG, 2008-2009

Seventh graduating class of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership program (IGEL)

Certified Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children

Has served on ACCG's Infrastructure Planning Committee

Middle Georgia Regional Development Center Board of Directors

Authored several County Ordinances which have included:
Unsafe Building Ordinance (Abandoned Building)

Open Container Ordinance

Solid Waste Ordinance with the assistance of the Code Enforcement Officer to address junk vehicles

Update to the Animal Control Ordinance - new draft as of April 22, 2010. The ordinance has only been updated once (July 2001) since 1989. Chaired the committee responsible for the current draft.

Community Health & Human Services Steering Committee for National Association of Counties

Jones County Family Connections

Substitute teacher for Jones County High School and Middle Schools

Board of Directors of Haddock Community Action Program

ACCG Indigent Defense Steering Committee at inception

Plans and funding for a future fire training academy through the 1999 SPLOSt

Haddock Water System updates with a Community Development Block Grant providing $500,000

Future expansion of water in the Haddock area with Intergovernmental agreement being drafted after several meetings with Baldwin County; strong proponent of running waterline to Hitchcock Road to address its emergency situation.

Haddock Community Park and Ball Field

Land purchase for expansion of the central recreation complex

Downtown Streetscape with a TE Grant of $500,000

3 new fire stations

2006 TE Grant awarded for Storm Drainage and Curb and Gutter at the W. E. Knox Civic Center complex

Proponent of expanding the Jones County Animal Control facility through the approval of a new building voted by the Board December 2006.

Water Expansion in many areas of the county

Paving of many of the county's dirt roads

Tower project for EMA with federal funding of over $500,000

2006 approval of CHIP grant providing $299,836 for housing improvements in the county

2006 Community Development Block Grant of $500,000 in federal funds for drainage/street improvements with a total estimated costs of $ 872,408

Has taught classes to county employees and trained 25+ drivers who have obtained CDL license

1st update to the Employee Handbook since 1996 was adopted in 2007 when it was rewritten.

Last but not least, the start of Employee Appreciation Day and recognition services for county employee service and tenure.

Gault says he qualified for election to serve the district in the Georgia Legislature because too many things have happened in State Government that really disturbed me during these last 4 years.

Says Gault: Some of these more notable blunders include the state's cancellation of the Homestead Exemption. This action has resulted in transferring a major portion of government service costs to the property owners of this state. The dramatic cuts in education funding, (which have all been blamed on the economic downturn), school teacher furloughs and the overall misdirection of State funding priorities. Our citizens are trying to support a tax burden they can not afford. My pledge to you includes a specific plan to accomplish what I have promised.

Gault is married to Shirley of 29 years & have Five children & three grandchildren.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I like his background. This is a "winnable" seat for democrats if he gets the right assistance from his party.

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