Levy County voters get free rides between their homes and the polls Published Oct. 27, 2014 LEVY COUNTY -- Levy County Supervisor of Election Tammy Jones said any Levy County voter who wants a ride to cast a ballot in the early election days or on Nov. 4 (Election Day) can have a free ride. Jones is working in partnership with Levy County Transit to make this possible. Any Levy County resident in need of transportation to the polls is eligible. This is a free ride to the polls from the rider's home and then a return ride to their home. This is happening from now through Nov. 1 for early voting, and on Nov. 4 (Election Day). Early voting is held at Levy County Supervisor of Elections Office in Bronson. On Election Day, the rider must vote at the precinct that is designated for the place where they reside. To make this happen, the voting rider is asked to call Levy County Transit at 352-486-3485 to make a reservation. Please make reservations in advance. Don’t let the lack of transportation be the reason you do not vote in the upcoming 2014 General Election. For more information contact the Supervisor of Elections office at 352-486-5163 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Rep. Keith Perry and Dixie County High School Principal Jerry Wayne Evans speak with other before the start of the game.
Speaking of water, Perry said he is among the members of the Florida Legislature who helped secure more than $30 million for local water projects and springs restoration last year. The main foundational issue Perry wants to work on next is improving economic development. “People have to have jobs,” he said. “We have to have economic opportunities. Without that, nothing else happens.” Without more jobs -- education suffers, as does the environment, and even the judicial system deteriorates due to a lack of revenue from taxes that result from a healthy economy, Perry said. “We made tremendous strides in the last four years that I have been in Tallahassee,” Perry said. The representative said he did not single-handedly do this, but he is among the leaders who helped business owners to improve the state’s economy. As a result of regulatory and tort reform, business was able to grow more, he said. Perry said he stands in the minority in one respect of the 160 members of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. He is “blue collar” and there are only five or six of this type of state representative or senator, Perry said. “So I bring a different perspective to Tallahassee,” Perry said, “than almost anyone else. You’ve got to have that. We can’t have blue collar people pushed to the sideline, and not given the attention they deserve and need.”
Jon Uman and his wife Claire at Dixie County High School for the Friday night game against the Newberry High School Panthers.
JON UMAN Uman is a third generation Floridian who grew up in Alachua County. He wants to fight for all of the people of Dixie County, Gilchrist County and western Alachua County, he said. Once a prosecutor who served under former Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Rod Smith and then Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney Bill Cervone, Uman then went into practice for himself. He earned a reputation for taking on insurance companies and big corporations on behalf of regular people who need a hand. The people of Dixie, Gilchrist and Alachua counties do not currently have a voice in Tallahassee, Uman said as he explained why he wants to be elected as the next representative from District 21. “Currently our public schools are being gutted,” Uman said. “The regular guy has nobody standing up for him. Our legislators are all fighting for special interests in Tallahassee.” Jon Uman and his wife Claire have three children in school. Hunter and Summer attend public schools in Alachua County and Sara is a freshman at the University of Florida. He plans to fight to make public schools a priority. “I want to see our public schools properly funded,” Uman said. “I want to see our tax dollars going into public schools – not going to private, for-profit corporations.” As for testing, Uman said he opposes high stakes standardized testing and linking that to teacher merit raises. Uman said he plans to fight against privatization of the Florida Department of Corrections prisons, because that would mean the loss of many jobs for Floridians. It would be a disaster for the 30,000 DOC workers, he said. Another issue he wants to tackle is the retention of pensions for state workers. “I think Wall Street and the special interests see a pot of gold when they see our Florida Retirement System and they want to take that and sell it off to Wall Street, and take their commissions. And I want to fight against that.” He is ready, willing and able to go now. “My opponent (Perry) and the Legislature say ‘Next year, next year, next year,’” Uman said. “I say let’s begin the fight this year.” And he knows that winning is an option in a fight. “I beat cancer twice,” Uman said. “Beating the special interests in Tallahassee should be no problem.”
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