Walton Chamber goes political at luncheon

Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM.

"I have surrounded myself with a quality professional team," he said. "I am proud of the four years I've had in office and representing the people of Walton County. I hope you will renew my contract. Being sheriff is a way of life — I raise kids; I am a husband; and I am Sheriff."

Adkinson's Democratic opponent Danny Griffith came to the podium next and introduced himself as a Walton County native — born and raised in Walton County — who has been married for 38 years and is the father of two daughters, and has seven grandchildren. He is a retired Florida Highway Patrol Officer who was assigned to patrol Walton County roads for 19 of those years. While a patrolman, he was an instructor, field trainer, and an adjunct professor in criminal justice.

"I have spent my life in public service," he said. "I want to foster good relationships and cooperation within the county."

Griffith said he also wants to be a good steward of the office's money; he promises to have an open door policy, and lead by example.


Next up was School Board Superintendent Carlene Anderson.

Anderson spoke of her stance against tax increases to fund the schools. Even with no tax increases, she has laid off no employees and the school system has earned the designation of a High Performance District, one of only five in the state to earn that designation.

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