A few weeks ago the DeKalb Firefighters’ Association mailed a public safety survey to all candidates running for the offices of County Mayor and County Commission. This survey contained questions pertaining to public safety in DeKalb County. These questions were publicly printed in a paid-for advertisement in the February 26th edition of the Smithville Review Newspaper.
Members of the DeKalb Firefighters’ Association are residents, taxpayers, and your neighbors. Most of all, we are members of emergency services who have huge investments in our county, as we have volunteered and donated countless hours of personal time to provide public safety and emergency response for you and your families. Although we have nothing to gain as individuals, we have a lot to gain as citizens and taxpayers in our communities where we live and work. Our mission is to promote the general welfare of emergency services and personnel, and to provide our communities with effective emergency response resources. We sincerely hope that our county’s residents feel strongly that we should have leaders in our county that have the same views and concerns about public safety.
Candidates had until June 16th to return their surveys. We appreciate the good and well-thought-out responses. All of the following candidates who returned their surveys have meet approval by the Association for endorsement in the August 2014 General Election:
County Mayor- Chris Bratcher, Chris Smithson, and Tim Stribling
District 1-Mason Carter, Elmer Ellis, Jr.
District 2-Joe Johnson, Jimmy Midgett, and Clarence Trapp
District 3-Jack Barton
District 4- Wayne Cantrell
District 5- Rick Cantrell, Anita Puckett
District 6-Betty Atnip
Please make a special effort to support and vote for these candidates that have openly expressed their views on public safety for our citizens of DeKalb County. Not all candidates submitted a response to our survey. This is not a reflection that they do not support public safety. Please remember that early voting begins July 18th and will continue until August 2nd, and that Election Day is August 7th.