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Meet the Candidates: Warren County Board of Supervisors — District 4 Republican John Carlisle

Editor’s note: The responses to the questions posed to each of the candidates vying for nominations in their party primaries were provided by the candidates. The responses have not been edited. We appreciate the candidates for taking the time to participate in this survey and providing their responses in a timely fashion.

John Carlisle

  Hometown and how long you have lived in Warren County. If you’re a lifelong resident of Warren County please include that.

I was born and raised in southwest Warren County. Several generations of my family have lived in Warren County and we are very proud to be natives of this great county and state.

  Highest education level achieved and/or technical certification. Also include any degrees earned and institutions where those degrees and/or certifications were earned.

I am a graduate of Warren Central High School and Hinds Vo-Tech  and received and an award as the outstanding Vo-Tech Welder.

  In your opinion, what is the number one issue facing your district? Why do you believe that issue is a top priority?

Well paying jobs are something the fourth district has lost, particularly along Highway 61 South. Roads are always an issue but we have only so much money to spend on paving projects not only in district four, but the entire county. We budget the money we receive from the gaming industry for road projects.

  As supervisor, what have you done to address issues in your district? If running for office, what would you do as supervisor to address those issues?

There is no way we can keep a company from leaving this county but we will work with any company to retain these jobs if at all possible.

  As a whole how would you grade the current Board of Supervisors’ performance? Be specific as to those things you believe the board has done well and those things that could have been done better. If you’re running for office, please grade the current board overall and be specific in those areas they have done well at, or need to do a better job.

I would grade the current Board of Supervisors as very good. We have ongoing paving projects, upgrades to our facilities, constant search for better paying jobs, funding our education needs and being good stewards of tax payer funds. Our only source of income is real and personal taxes and we and NO one has ever said “raise my taxes.” There are many things we would like to do if funds were available.

  As a county overall, what do you believe the biggest challenge facing the county will be over the next four years and what do you believe you can do to meet those challenges if you are elected or re-elected?

We need to keep well paying jobs, actively recruit new industries, meet the needs, as well as we can our education, recreation; and be frugal with you, the tax payers’, money.