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Primary Election 2018 - AC Jailer Joey White to seek re-election
The 2018 Races are on. Regional jailer announces intentions early to clear the air - whether he would run for County Judge Executive or seek another term as jailer.
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By Ed Waggener
Adair County Regional Jailer Joey White announced Monday morning, October 23, 2017, that he has decided to seek re-election as Adair County Regional Jailer, subject to the Republican Primary, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
With him for the announcement were 14 top members of his staff: Eric Antle, Chief Deputy; Sandy Antle, Deputy; Carolyn Burton, Deputy; Lawrence Allan Burton, Deputy; Lauren Canas, Deputy; Gavin Crawhorn, Deputy; Judy Derman, Deputy; Deputy; Marc Evans, Deputy; Elizabeth Horton, Deputy; Deputy; Rick Huckaby, Office Manager; Kyle Powell, Deputy; Dennis Selby, Class C Coordinator; Bridgette Staten, and Wayne Tester, Deputy.
White's decision settles questions in two races: 1) The County Judge Executive contest. A number of people had encouraged White to run for that office; and 2) the Jailer's Race. Had Jailer White have chosen to go for CJE, the likelihood was the Jailer's race would have been wide open.
White said he chose the jailer's post for one very simple reason, "I enjoy being jailer. I really love what I do."
He said that there's a sense of family that has developed with his staff members. "That's important to me," he said, "whether that family is kin or professional. We really care about each other."
He believes, he said, that he is making a difference in the lives of the inmates, as well. "I really do enjoy talking with inmates to try to better their situation, to help them as much as we can to be ready to re-enter private life when they are released. Nothing would suit me better than to see them leave having graduated - if you will - and go on to a brighter future, and never return as an inmate again."
"And finally," he said, "I think that my experience the first four years will make it easier to continue the cost reductions we've achieved in my first term." He said that in the first two years of his term he's cut the gap in revenue vs. expenses by a total of $270,000, in ball park figures. "We cut the deficit by $130,000 the first year, and $140,000 the next."
Official filing for county offices begins November 8, 2017.
Also present at the press conference were, of course, representatives of the media.
This story was posted on 2017-10-23 10:45:31
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