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In announcing his candidacy for Oktibbeha County Supervisor District 4, Daniel Jackson made the following statement:
â€śI, Daniel B. Jackson, would like to formally announce my candidacy for re-election to the office of Oktibbeha County Supervisor District 4. I am an honor graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelors degree in secondary education. I am a former high school history and science teacher.
Upon being elected supervisor I chose to resign from my teaching position to focus solely on the responsibility of being a supervisor.
I am a native of Oktibbeha County and I am an active member of Sturgis Baptist Church.
A county supervisorâ€™s position is a vital part of how successful a countyâ€™s future will be. Every decision made in the boardroom has a lasting impact on county affairs.
From choosing what roads to pave and improve to recruiting new industry to the county, each and every vote is important. It is imperative to be willing to work well with the other board members to reach common ground for the good of Oktibbeha County and our citizens.
Our county has so many assets to fuel the growth of our economy, from Mississippi State University to all the industry that is located here. The Oktibbeha County Economic Development Authority and the Greater Starkville Development Partnership have done a wonderful job in attracting new industry to our area.
In the last few years, several industries have located in the Thad Cochran Research Park on the north side of Highway 182. I will continue to work with these two agencies to build on the progress that has been made.
The condition of roads and bridges in each supervisorâ€™s district is another major task that supervisors face on a day to day basis. Unfortunately, each supervisor can only expect to be allotted 2â€“2.5 miles of road paving in a four-year term. District 4 has roughly 70 miles of gravel and 55 miles of paved roadways. This allotment of road building mileage tends to drop when unexpected late spring and early fall rains hamper the construction crews. This entails not only paving new roadways but using some of the allotted funds to address paved roads that are in need of repair. With that said, it is still important for a supervisor to remember that a balanced approach to maintaining the countiesâ€™ roadways be followed.
I am honored to have been given the good fortune for the last four years to serve you. If given the opportunity to continue to serve, I will make what I feel are the best decisions for District 4 and Oktibbeha County. When I ran for this office four years ago, I knew the job would not be an easy one, but I have enjoyed every minute. Thank you for allowing me that opportunity. I humbly ask for your consideration and support on November 8 as I continue to do the job I was elected to do.â€ť