Hopefuls swarm to fill Mosquito Control Board seats, Incumbent James Crawford fails to respond

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 at 04:10 PM.

Faulk ran against Magee four years ago, as well as against current board member Robert Hudson two years ago.

Although he hasn’t been victorious, he says with his past stint as an employee of the Mosquito Control District, he has the know-how to improve the operations and budget to use the community’s money wisely.

“If I win, I will be the only guy that has ever sat on the seat who has ever worked in the field,” said Faulk, calling himself a “hands-on kind of guy.” “I’ve driven the trucks and gone and stabbed the chickens and drawn blood to test” for mosquito-borne illnesses.

Now, the 18-year South Walton resident works in support services for Sacred Heart Hospital in Miramar Beach, but he still has his eye on serving the community more directly in the future.

“I love this community, I have an interest in it. I’m not running against John because he isn’t doing a good job,” said Faulk. “I am just running because that’s my destiny.”

Whereas Faulk says his history with mosquito control’s daily operations make him the right man for the job, Magee says history as a business owner has helped him bring balance to the district’s budgets the past four years.

“I am a successful businessperson; I maintain a payroll of over 65 people and have strong budgeting abilities,” said Magee, president and CEO of Hi-Tec Laboratories Inc. located at Magee Industrial Park in Freeport. “These talents are what I bring to the board and are also why our district currently is running as financially sound at the same time maintaining a very tight budget.”

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