Houston Co. District 3 Commissioners Talk about Issues

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

In less than two weeks voters in Houston County’s 3rd District will choose their county commissioner.

They both say they want to serve the people, bring jobs and revenue to the area, but there can only be one Houston County District 3 Commissioner.

Candidate Jackie Battles said, "I have been living in the district for over 50 years. I have 33 years of work experience with small and large businesses and I know the importance of jobs."

Houston Co. Commissioner of District 3 Frances Cook said, "I have proven leadership. I have been in office for 15 and a half years and I was privileged to work in the mayor’s office for the city of Dothan for 28 and a half years."

Both candidates pride themselves on their years of experience.

However, will that experience help them on current issues in Houston County, like that of the weak job market?

"Trying to recruit new jobs and with the announcement of the medical center and the new college that would be located here hopefully in 2012, you know, that's an exciting avenue [where] we can provide more jobs for out citizens," Cook explained.

Battles added, "With the manufacturers leaving town what I would like to do is if I'm elected county commissioner I would like to work closely with the chamber of commerce, the city commissioners and the state government to seek new businesses, new manufactures to come to town and make it to where they want to come to Houston County."

Both candidates agree working closely with the Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce is at the top of their agenda if elected.

Another hot topic of course, is Country Crossing.

"Yes, I am very much for completing phase two and phase three of Country Crossing,” Battles said. “I am personally not a gambler but, the revenue that it would bring in and the jobs that it would create, if we had water parks and theme parks.

However, Cook says she's not so sure commissioners can do much more. "I just don't know of any area that we could help them. I would like to see the right for the citizens to vote on the issues that affect County Crossing and you know, put it to rest."

Both candidates also said they would like to bring water lines for rural areas in the district.

While they are opponents, they both agree on working on ways to seek more jobs for the area.

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