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City of Crestview2019 Crestview Municipal Election

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In Crestview, Councilman J.B. Whitten faces no opposition and will automatically replace David Cadle as mayor. Cadle is not seeking re-election after serving as mayor since 2007. Newcomer Andrew Rencich was the only candidate to qualify for the vacant Group 2 seat, so he will automatically replace J.B. Whitten on the City Council. Click here to get info on Mr. Whitten and Mr. Rencich.

Crestview voters will decide whether Cynthia Brown or incumbent Bill Cox will win the City Council Group 1 seat. Links are provided to campaign websites, Facebook pages and the statements provided to the Supervisor of Elections, if applicable.

Crestview City Council Group 1 Candidates
  Cynthia Brown
Cynthia Brown
Candidate’s Statement
Bill Cox
Bill Cox
Candidate’s Statement

What do you see as the top issues affecting Crestview in the next four years?

The lasting issue is the infrastructure. As we are growing we need to manage the traffic better. We all like growth but we have traffic flowing better in our city. As someone who drives to Fort Walton Beach and back daily to work I’ve seen numerous accidents and how hard it is for emergency crews to get around. We have passed the 1/2 Cent Tax which will help funding the  by pass around the city. 

 

Overload of the existing transportation system is the most critical issue. At the city level our Public Works Department does a good job of maintaining our infrastructure with the available resources. Okaloosa County and FDOT have authority and financial constraints that require time, money and patience to see planned projects to fruition. Growth management is a very important function of our city. There are numerous residential and commercial projects active and forthcoming. The current city council will be selecting in early February 2019 who will be Crestview's first City Manager; who will oversee all city employees and daily operations as per the new City Charter effective April 1, 2019.

Why do you want to serve as Crestview City Council member, and why are you the best choice?

Voter Apathy. Only 3.86% of the eligible voters elected to vote in August 2018. One of my platforms is to reach out to potential voters and to keep registered voters informed of elections, issues, etc.

To give the voters another choice. Two other municipal seats were not even contended for.

I am hoping to give the voiceless a voice. The ones who have not been heard and try to find out why they are not interested in their city government.

I am in my fourth year as Crestview Council Member Group 2 at large. I am running for re-election, but to the Group 1 seat. I have a selfless record of public service with the highest of ethical standards to continually improve the City of Crestview for the benefit of the Citizens and this community.

If elected/re-elected, what is your top priority for your term?

Representing the people.

My top priority for the next term will be to see the PJ Adams Parkway project to fruition. Although the first three segments from SR 85 to Wild Horse Drive are fully funded, Okaloosa County, who has project responsibility, is waiting on an Army Corps of Engineers Mitigation Approval before construction can begin. Included in the first segment is traffic signalization at Key Lime/Villacrest East. This light has been a personal goal for seven years to date.

What are your qualifications for office?

Well, first thing I meet the qualifications set forth by Florida Statutes. But, I have been on council before in my original home town of Catlettsburg, KY.  I am degreed, but I don't think that matters too much. I'm very interested in government.

My qualifications are four years as elected Council Member at Large Group 2. I have served as Vice President of Crestview City Council for the last two years. I previously served on Crestview's Board of Adjustment and the Local Planning Agency (LPA) and also Citizen's Advisory Committee Member, OWTPO. I also serve as Vice Chairman of the Crestview CRA. I am a board member of both the Okaloosa Walton Transportation Planning Organization and the only Crestview Elected Official on the board of the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization. I am also the alternate delegate for the Florida Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Committee (MPOAC) for Okaloosa and Walton Counties for 2019.


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Crestview candidates running unopposed
Crestview Mayor
JB Whitten
JB Whitten
Candidate’s Facebook Page
Crestview City Council Group 2
Andrew Rencich
Andrew Rencich
Candidate’s Statement
Candidate’s Facebook Page

 

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