Lawrence County Commission candidate: Freddie Hayes Jr. (R)
NAME: Freddie L. Hayes Jr.
CANDIDATE FOR: Lawrence County Commissioner
CAMPAIGN WEBSITE: www.facebook.com/commissionerhayes/
HOME CITY: Proctorville
PERSONAL STATEMENT: I am running for re-election to continue the positive progress in Lawrence County. I am proud to be a part of a winning team of office holders who are continually striving for the betterment of our county. I am also proud of the last seven years as your commissioner helping to maintain a balanced county budget. I will continue to represent everyone in Lawrence county and emphasize service to youth and seniors.
EDUCATION: Graduate of Symmes Valley High School.
CURRENT OFFICE OR OCCUPATION: Lawrence County Commissioner.
OTHER WORK HISTORY: Lawrence Water Corporation manager, self-employed business owner.
ENDORSEMENTS: Lawrence County Republican party.
FAMILY: Two daughters, Kayla Hayes Fulford and Meranda Hayes; mother, Patty Hayes.
1. How would you implement better county planning?
I believe that we have implemented good planning recently at the commission. We have sought input from other office holders and citizens to address the county problems. I plan to continue this and to be cooperative and transparent with all people and consider all ideas regardless of the political affiliation of the person who has them.
2. How would you encourage economic development in the county?
We need to support and encourage development at the Point and other small businesses to locate in our county. We need to work with Lawrence County Economic Development to make it attractive and easy for new businesses to located in our county.
3. What are the three most pressing problems the county faces?
1. The drug crisis is the most serious problem we have. It threatens our community and is putting great stress on our schools and law enforcement. The jail overcrowding problem is directly related to the drug crisis. 2. I believe we must work together with the sheriff and judges to come up with a solution for jail over-crowding without raising the taxes on our citizens with the goal of building a new jail in the future. 3. Economic development is important for a healthy and prosperous community. We’ve created hundreds of jobs by encouraging small business growth. I would love to have a large employer come in and hire so many people that it would fix a lot of our problems, however, realistically we must work on getting many new small businesses to locate here, which we have been doing, because that is the most likely way we are going to continue to grow.