Bill Chapman and Frank Day go head-to-head for District 1 Commission spot

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 04:20 PM.

When did you feel the push to run for this position? And what motivated it?

Bill Chapman: The first of 2012, knowing I was retiring from the sheriff’s office, I felt I could continue to serve. The BCC, I felt, needed someone with strong leadership skills, who was a fiscal conservative and someone who would fight for honest government. I believe I am that person.

Frank Day:As a board member of the Walton County Taxpayers Association, I have been part of the team investigating and uncovering the dishonest and unlawful actions of Walton County government leaders.My motivation to run for office came as the bridge referendum was made public Dec. 15, 2011. This project was years in the making and was presented to the public at the 11th hour with a urgent need for citizens of Walton County to make an immediate decision on passing an additional sales tax or else FDOT funds would be reallocated to another part of the state. The citizens of Walton County deserve better. I want to end backroom deals.

How does your political affiliation set you apart from your opponent? In what other ways are you the better choice?

Chapman:I am a strong fiscal conservative. Monies are tight and I want to make sure that what funds are available are spent wisely and will have a benefit to all of Walton County.

Day:This race isn't about party affiliation. This race is about choosing the best candidate to represent the citizens of Walton County. There are a lot of things that the voters of Walton County, regardless of party, share in common. We need to focus on those issues rather than divisiveness.I represent all parties and all interests. I am a local business owner and not a political insider or connected to special interest groups.

What is one way you could better serve the county’s constituents?

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