Republican incumbent Mike Randolph is defending his seat on the Jackson County Commission against Democrat Joe Mullins.
The county commission is composed of three commissioners who meet at 9:30 am. each Wednesday at the county courthouse in open session. The winner of this contest will serve alongside Dick Waybright and Mitch Morrison on the commission.
The election is Nov. 6.
Each candidate was asked to submit a statement of approximately 300 words. The statements, which appear in the same order as the candidates' names appear on the ballot, have been edited for spelling, grammar, and newspaper style but have not been edited for content.
• Mike Randolph, Republican, Given, Jackson County
I’m Mike Randolph a candidate for re-election to the Jackson County Commission.
First of all, I want to express how proud I am of my service to the people of Jackson County. I’ve spent 13 years of my life serving the public. Prior to being elected to the county commission, I served with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department as a process server.
During my time on the county commission, we have made some new investments in the community. We built a new law enforcement building for the sheriff’s department, and we’ve constructed a new EMS station in Ravenswood. Now we’re building a new one in Kenna. I’m proud of our law enforcement and EMS. They do a great job, work long and hard hours, and it’s a dangerous job.
Presently, I am serving on the Jackson County Development Authority representing the county commission. Just in the past year, the development authority has created 640 new jobs. The unemployment rate is 4.9 percent, the lowest it has been in 11 years. The Jackson County Development Authority is among the leaders in new business starts in West Virginia.
In an effort to improve communication, we constructed a new cellular tower in the Sandyville area. Most recently in my district in southern Jackson County, we’ve facilitated the creation of the Southern Jackson Community Foundation, who will manage Green Center at the former Kenna Elementary under a memorandum of understanding between the foundation and the county commission.
I’m proud to have served on the county commission. I would ask the people of Jackson County to put me back in that seat for another six-year term. Our goal is to create a safe place for the people of Jackson County to live, work, and raise a family. A silent majority has no voice. Please go vote.
• Joe Mullins, Democrat, Sandyville, Jackson County
Faith, family, freedom, and future are four words that I have built my life upon. As a Jackson County native, I consider it a privilege to be able to run for county commission, a position that I would work tirelessly at to give back to a community that has afforded my family and me so much.
We face a time like no other, a time in which it is imperative to make the right choices for our families and community. As your county commissioner, I would dedicate myself to the betterment of our county for all. The investments I make would secure a better Jackson County for us and generations to come. Our children deserve a robust community just as I had growing up on Williams Avenue in Ripley and my children on our family farm in Sandyville.
My priorities are as follows:
• Appropriating funds needed by our Sheriff’s Department to continue fighting the war on drugs
• Addressing the needs of local fire departments and emergency services
• County youth programs
• Senior citizen programs
• Promoting new business
• Increased cellular service
• Strengthening broadband service for internet
• Completion of a new animal shelter
• Continued effort in expanding public water services
• Local community centers
As a 14-year-old who started working in the hayfields of Jackson County and carrying your groceries as a bag boy in high school, to now working with the public in the retail world for nearly 40 years, I am confident I possess the skills and experience necessary to fulfill the duties as your county commissioner. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve you.