LIVE OAK — After more than three decades of experience with land surveying, Jay Carrier has decided to seek the office of Suwannee County Property Appraiser.

Carrier, a Republican, is running for the office being vacated by Lamar Jenkins’ retirement after 48 years in office.

“We want to make sure that there’s someone that takes (Jenkins’) place that holds the same standards,” Carrier said. “I want to be able to work for the people and do a good job.”

In his 33 years of working as a land surveyor, Carrier has worked with the property appraiser’s office, not only in Suwannee County but surrounding counties as well. He also said Jenkins’ years of experience and training his staff will help ease the transition for his replacement as property appraiser.

Carrier, a 1985 Suwannee High graduate, is married and has two children and three grandchildren. He’s also a member of the NRA who enjoys hunting and fishing, including taking veterans and youth on fishing trips to Steinhatchee.

Carrier also serves as music director and Sunday school teacher at Beulah Baptist Church.

He said he wants to bring a common-sense approach to government, while building on the legacy that Jenkins has established at the property appraiser’s office.

“Whoever replaces Mr. Jenkins needs to have knowledge and experience about land, taxes, rules, regulations, all the things that need to be accurate and fair for our town and for our residents,” he said. “I feel like I am the best man to replace Mr. Jenkins and continue carrying out his legacy.

“My goal is to assure constitutional consistency across the county — to make sure the same standards are used to provide fair and equitable assessments for each resident but at the same time make sure that it meets statutory requirements for our county. Every tax is a burden and no one likes to pay taxes, that is why it is critical that local citizens feel they bear only their share of that burden measured by their land value compare to that of their neighbors.”

Jamie Wachter is the editor of the Suwannee Democrat, Jasper News and Mayo Free Press.

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