District 2 commissioner runoff set for next Tuesday; also state PSC chairman

Andy Neill

Andy Neill

The election set for Tuesday, April 24, will feature a runoff race between incumbent Andy Neill and challenger Carthal Self for Blount County District 2 commissioner. Included in the runoff will be the District 2 precincts of Blountsville (voting at town hall), Summit (fire hall), Royal (community center), Brooksville (fire hall), Snead (fire hall), Susan Moore (fire hall), and Rock Springs (community center).

In the lone statewide runoff, Chip Brown of Mobile will face Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh of Montgomery for the Republican Party nomination for president of the Alabama Public Service Commission. All precincts in Blount County will vote in this runoff.

Below are the runoff messages to voters by candidates Andy Neill and Carthal Self. Profiles of each are also provided as reminders. Andy Neill

Carthal Self

Carthal Self

Andy Neill, 60, was born in Cleveland and grew up in Blount County. He attended elementary school in Oneonta and graduated from high school from J.B. Pennington in 1969. He attended college for one year at Jacksonville State and one year at Auburn before returning to Blountsville to go into full-time farming. He lives on Adams Road in the Mt. Tabor community with his wife Rhonda Brown Neill. He has three sons: Greg, 41; Mike 38; and Wes, 33. Message to voters

My work ethic, experience, and people skills and being active in my community, church, and county have given me the knowledge and experience to serve as an effective commissioner.

I get along well with my fellow commissioners and probate judge and we work together for what is best for Blount County. Returning from two years of college, I worked in the coal mines and construction and operated all types of heavy equipment and this experience has helped me as commissioner.

Previously served:

•Blountsville Town Council

•Church youth minister

•Blount County Board of Education

– member, 1988–2011

– chairman, 1995–2011

Currently serving:

•Board chairman, Blountsville Methodist Church

•Board of directors, Pennington Alumni Association

•District 2 commissioner, Jan. 2011 – present Accomplishments as commissioner

•paid off $150,000 District 2 debt nine months early.

•negotiated and received 3 percent increase in District 2 road funds for 2012.

•paved 21 mile of roads in 16 months.

•paved parking lot at Susan Moore school.

•built road to Wynnville Cemetery.

•paved road at Mulberry Cemetery.

•hauled sand and gravel to Snead, Susan Moore, and Blountsville ball fields.

•donated $4,800 to six fire departments in District 2.

•promptly return all calls to District 2, and will meet with anyone over issues that arise. Future plans

The commission plans to pursue ATRIP or Garvey funds from the state, which is an 80/20, state/county matching program. We plan to concentrate on our farm-to-market roads. This will free up local money for our other county roads.

2013 will be the first year in many years that District 2 will have no debt. I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the next four years with a debt-free budget. Carthal Self

Carthal Self, 59, was born and raised in the Rock Springs area of Blount County. He attended elementary school at Rock Springs, long since closed, and graduated from J.B. Pennington High School in 1970. He now lives on county road 30 in the Gibbs Chapel community. He is married to Ann Allison Self, and they have two children: Matthew, 29, and Chase, 25. Message to voters

Honesty, hard work and commitment are qualities I will offer to the people of District 2.

I have lived in District 2 all my life. Worked 34 years for a company as machine set-up, until the company moved to Mexico, May 2011. I know what it is to be on the job and work. The people of District 2 want and deserve a working commissioner. I will have no other job except being your commissioner and being available to you 24/7.

District 2 has over 350 road miles, which makes District 2 the largest district in the county. I plan to put some ideas to work, like never tearing up a road in winter and keeping the ditches cleaned out for roads to drain properly. This will help a paved road to last longer. By making a schedule for mowing the sides of the roads, we can conserve fuel cost by not going from one end of the district to the other.

When it comes to a budget, you can’t have more going out than you have coming in. I will be a good steward with your tax dollars. I look forward to working with the other commissioners and making decisions based on what is right and best for the entire county.

The people of District 2 deserve roads that are safe to drive on. Another need is water – making sure everyone has access to county water. And our schools – I will help with any work around our schools and parks with labor and equipment any way I can. I will work with cemetery committees, to make sure the roads are maintained or any other help they need.

Blount County is debt free, and we must maintain a manageable budget, but make sure taxpayers get the services they deserve.