Live Oak — Here are The Suwannee Democrat Editorial Board’s picks for local office. Local offices include: Representative in congress District 3, state attorney, sheriff, property appraiser, superintendent of schools, county commission District 1, 3 and 5, school board District 2 and circuit judge Group 5. We spent the last week interviewing each candidate, save for three, one on one to get to know them better before we made our picks. How we would vote on the amendments are also listed.
Representative in congress - District 3
We pick - Ted Yoho (Rep.)
The reasons we pick Ted are because he knows the issues and knows them well. He doesn’t see the district as individual counties or boundary lines. He views the district as a whole and we believe he truly wants to represent each of us in Washington. Yoho believes in smaller government, lower taxes and creating more jobs in rural areas such as ours while helping the small business owner and gets passionate when he talks about how to get it done. One way he speaks of is deregulation. He says government places too many regulations, stifling small businesses. Let’s put Ted to work.
We pick - Bill Brannon (Dem.)
We chose Bill over his Republican opponent, Jeff Siegmeister, due to the fact that Bill knows the Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office. Bill has extensive knowledge in law through his work in the private and public sector. Bill is the executive director of the Third Circuit State Attorney’s Office based in Live Oak. He knows the place well, and knows how to run it. He already has good relationships with the staff. Bill believes in following the law and seeking justice.
We pick - Tony Cameron (Dem., incumbent)
To put it simple, Tony has cleaned up the streets of Suwannee County. His tough stance on drugs is evident as he rounds up drug dealers and offenders constantly through the drug task force. Tony cares about this county and it shows. He is seen in the field with his deputies and investigators. If he is in his office, his door is always open. Stop by some time at the Suwannee County Courthouse and see. Let’s keep Tony doing what he does best, protecting our rights and freedoms and putting those behind bars who seek to take it from us.