St. Johns County Commission, District 4

Two Republicans are running in the August primary for that seat. No Democrats have registered to run in that district, but a write-in candidate has qualified for the November ballot.

News4Jax sent a questionnaire to each candidate to find out their background and their point of view on several questions. Scroll down to read responses from those asking for your vote in their own words.

To note: Responses are sorted alphabetically by party and are presented exactly as submitted, with no editing by News4Jax staff.

REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES

Jeremy’s Blocker

Occupation: Lawyer/Soldier

Age: 43

Your family: Wife, two children and third on the way

Education: BA from University of Florida, JD from Florida Coastal School of Law, LL.M. from University of Miami School of Law

Political experience: St. Johns County Commission

What do you think are the top three issues you are likely to face in this role?

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  1. Foster smart and responsible development — Work to ensure smart and responsible development that improves surrounding infrastructure.

  2. Ensure our quality of life – We are blessed to live in the best county to live, work, play and raise a family. I am committed to ensuring that our excellent quality of life is maintained.

  3. Keeping our communities safe — As a veteran, I know that nothing is more important than the safety of our families and our citizens. I will always fight to provide our police and first responders with everything they need to keep us safe.

How can you help voters in ways that other candidates for this office cannot?

  • I have the experience, background, and proven leadership that will maintain our quality of life, keep our budget balanced, and keep our community safe.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

  • Keeping St. Johns County the best place to raise a family and retire.

  • Protecting our high quality of life.

  • Finding innovative and smart ways to grow our infrastructure.

Campaign website: jeremiahblocker.com

Campaign social media site(s): facebook.com/Jeremiah-Blocker-for-County-Commission


Krista Keating-Joseph

Occupation: Award-winning author and marketing consultant

Age: 61

Your family: We are a Gold Star family having lost our beloved son in Iraq fighting ISIS, my 28 year old husband helped raise our 5 children one living here and in high school, others: 2 Navy SEALs, Marine and married daughter to a Navy SEAL.

Education: Bachelor in Broadcasting with a Minor in Marketing University of Arizona

Political experience: I served on the Citrus County Hospital Board of Trustees, a governor-appointed position in which the Senate confirmed me for a second term. I played a major role in eliminating millions of dollars in taxes while providing better health care. More efficient, state-of-the-art and affordable.

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What do you think are the top three issues you are likely to face in this role?

  1. Stop unbridled development and represent the people who live here NOW. My opponent, Commissioner Blocker, voted YES 71 times out of 73 to develop rural and other undeveloped lands, his first three years in office. The result is less open space, 120 portable classrooms on order, traffic stuck on overcrowded roads and residents unable to park at the beach, which is one of the main reasons they move to our coastal county. My opponent approved a 5,600-unit development without asking the developer for a single concession. In fact, it set a precedent for even greater density. At the rate we are growing, our county will be unrecognizable in four years.

  2. Since I am a fiscal conservative who rejects Commissioner Blocker’s proposed 15% sales tax increase, my second goal is to determine what our REAL infrastructure deficits are, and then reduce those deficits without increasing taxes. I do not accept the list of deficits provided by the current administration to justify the increase in our sales tax. I believe a lot of this is inflated and in response to developer requests. Going forward, developers need to cover the infrastructure costs of their developments. The last thing we need is to raise sales tax on our hard working families, especially as we face rising gas and food prices and inflation.

  3. Improving our quality of life by making St. Johns County safer and preserving its beauty. This means putting our first responders first. They shouldn’t have to leave the county to get a raise. Another quality of life issue is the clear cutting of trees. Commissioner Blocker said we had to tackle the clearcut on January 25, but hasn’t done anything since; residents have been calling for a stricter tree ordinance that protects this vital natural resource for six years. Plus, we need to save more green space for people – not just wetlands that aren’t buildable so developers can get credit for “saved” land.

How can you help voters in ways that other candidates for this office cannot?

  • As I am not funded by developers like my opponent, I am not indebted to them. This puts me in a better position to slow growth and protect more green space in our county. I am also debt free. My financial independence allows me to better serve the interests of average residents. I will be fair and open to proposals from developers, but never beholden to them.

What would you hope to be remembered for accomplishing after serving in this office?

  • I hope that I will be remembered for achieving my three stated goals with honesty, integrity and transparency. Life is short and I want to do as much as possible in my life for others.

Campaign website: ElectKrista.com

Campaign social media site(s): facebook.com/profile.php?id=100079486436952


Michael C.Lanza also qualified as a written candidate in the general election.

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