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Keystone Heights City Council Seat 5

There shall be a municipal election to elect a council member for Council Seat 3 and Seat 5, of the City Council of the City of Keystone Heights, Florida on April 13, 2021. The term of Council Seat 3 and Seat 5, are three years.

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  • Robin Beaton
    (NOP)

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    Stephen O. Hart
    (NOP)

Información Biográfica

What motivated you to run for office?

What makes you the most qualified candidate for this office?

What do you see as the most pressing issues for the office and how do you propose to address them?

Is there a specific message you would like to send to voters prior to the election?

What would you do to reduce the polarization that currently exists in most political discussions in our country today?

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Campaign Phone (352) 281-8297
Campaign Website http://vote4stevehart.com
Service. I want to continue to serve my community for another three year term on the City Council. My wife, LaDonna, and I moved to Keystone Heights in 2005 after we retired. We fell in love with this small town and its friendly atmosphere, community spirit, and conservative down-to-earth values. We want Keystone to retain its small town character, but know that growth and change will happen. I want to help manage that change. Careful planning for new water in Lakes Brooklyn and Geneva to be brought by the Black Creek Water Project https://www.sjrwmd.com/projects/#black-creek will be needed. My planning and zoning experience and my service on Clay County's Tourist Development Council will allow me to "hit the ground running" to help meet the new challenges that tourism will bring to the city.
My education, experience, endorsers and goals for the City are set out my campaign web www.vote4stevehart.com I also refer you to a recent podcast interview I did for the Clay County Beacon. https://www.claybeacon.com/2021/03/11/new-podcast-episode-steve-hart-candidate-for-keystone-heights-city-council/ I am thankful I have had the opportunity to serve the City as the founder of its Heritage ( historic preservation) Commission, as a member of the City Planning and Zoning Board, being the chair of the Growth Management Committee, being a member of the City Council for seven years, acted as interim Mayor and currently serve as Vice Mayor. I am not aware that my opponent has any municipal governing experience. I do not recall her making any public comment at, or attending a City Council meeting; she has not served on any city commission or committee.
The most pressing issues, growth and change resulting from the Black Creek Projet, are discussed above. Fiscally conservative budgeting is always important. In fact, last year the City Council voted no increase in the City’s real estate tax millage rate. For the seven years that I have served on the City Council there has been a creative and conservative approach to budgeting. Traffic control and public protection are always important issues. Although we do not have a police department (the cost would be prohibitive) the City has negotiated an equitable arrangement with the Clay County Sheriff’s Department to beef up Deputy coverage of the city. While we do not have a police department, our Code Enforcement officer has resolved many issues affecting public safety and welfare. The Council created a municipal court/ special magistrate system to hear code enforcement cases, and levy fines for ordinance violations.
I only ask that voters consider what qualities are important in selecting a City Council person. I suggest they are a strong public service record, community involvement, conservative values, integrity, and a track record of service to the city and community.
The question assumes that at the local level there is dissension and polarization. “All politics is local” said Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill. To paraphrase: “all civility is local”. While I have been on the City Council it has been a collegial body, able to solve and meet our City’s needs in a cooperative and rational fashion. My goal is for that to continue. We need to, on the local level, remember that our job, be we conservative or liberal, is to serve the local people’s best interests, and not that of any political agenda or outside influence. The City Council needs to continue to solve problems in a professional and respectful way, and to continue to agree if possible, and when necessary disagree but not be disagreeable.