Suwannee Democrat

Election 2014

April 25, 2014

May 6 election: Our recommendations

Live Oak —

City Clerk

We recommend: John Gill

This will be John Gill’s second term serving as Live Oak city clerk, if elected. We think he is doing a fine job and is deserving of a second term. John updated the city’s Web site, increased the use of technology to reduce the paper load at City Hall and has done a good job mapping the two Live Oak cemeteries. 


We recommended: No one

Current Live Oak Mayor Garth R. “Sonny” Nobles has served this fine city long enough. It is time to move on. The city is on the cusp of great things and we need a fresh approach in the mayor’s office to help us get to the next level. With that being said, we can’t put our endorsement on any other candidate in this race. They lack political proficiency, in our view, to take on this role right now. We have given you information on each candidate, you decide on the one that best fits your idea of someone who can lead, coach and be a team builder. Do your homework, the city's future depends on it.

Amendment One

We recommend: Vote in favor 

We have stated before on this page that we urge the city voters to vote in favor of Amendment One on May 6. Amendment One will ask the voter if the charter of Live Oak should be amended to establish a council-manager form of government. Currently, the city has a council-administrator form of government. This administrator’s duties are limited. The five city councilors call the shots in the city, including some oversight of employees. You have a competent city administrator working for you in the city right now. Vote to allow him to have the powers and duties he needs to manage this fine city. If there is a problem that the city manager cannot fix, then it should be taken up with the five councilors. 

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