Concerned Citizens of Liberty County

LIBERTY, January 31, 2014 - My name is Jay Knight and I am a Republican Party candidate for the office of Liberty County Judge.  I am 58 years of age, a lifelong resident of Liberty County and my family has lived and worked in Liberty County since 1925. I received my education through the Dayton School System, Sam Houston State University and graduate school at Texas A&M University.  My wife, Jan, is a teacher and coach with the Dayton School System and we have been married for 33 years.  We have two grown children, Jesse and Jenna, and one grandson, Tyler, and are members of the First United Methodist Church of Dayton.

My decision to seek the office of Liberty County Judge is not one that was made in the last few months.  I made this decision over six years ago and I announced my intentions in July of 2013 to do so. 

Our County is growing in population and changing everyday and in the next few short years, Liberty County will not be the same as we see it today.  Our location between two industrial giants and our proximity to major transportation hubs and highways, both existing and planned, along with the availability of undeveloped properties around our county offers a growth potential like we have never before witnessed in past years.  For us to just sit back and address the challenges as growth creates them is just reacting.  We must be proactive and have plans in place to meet these growth changes and challenges in order to realize their full potential for our future as the decisions we make now will affect our County for many years to come. 

As I have deep roots in this County, I am very concerned about our leadership and the direction in which we are headed.  I care about the future of my family and the future for all of the residents of Liberty County.  I care about their jobs, family well-being, quality of life and their public safety.  I care about the opportunities and potential for our County’s future growth and that we plan for and develop these opportunities fairly, ethically and in a fiducially responsible manner. 

I am a hard worker and at the age of 13, I started laboring in the rice and soybean fields around Dayton during the summer months and holidays.  That early age job experience instilled in me a work ethic that I still practice to this day.  I believe in working hard for yourself and your employer and that is what I will do for Liberty County when I am elected as your next County Judge.  My experience as a business owner and rancher has taught me to be conservative and financially prudent.  My 20 year career with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice which included four years as a Lieutenant of Correctional Officers, six years as a Construction Manager and five years as a Facility Planner and Contract Administrator have given me great experience working within a governmental agency.   I also have five years experience as a Horticulture and Landscape Design Instructor for Lee College.  Although I retired from teaching several years ago, I have continued to work in the private sector as a Landscape Design Consultant and I have remained active in my County and Community.

I am a former member of the Dayton City Council and Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation where I served two terms as board President.  I have previously served six years as a Bank Director and I am also bi-lingual: able to read, write and speak fluent Spanish. 

My nine years of experience as a Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation has proven to me that the introduction of new industry to our area will help lessen the tax burden on our already over-taxed residents.  Likewise, with the advent of new industry, it is a proven fact that retail business opportunities will follow.  These too will help to further lessen our residents’ tax load.  We must do all we can to strengthen and grow our local economy, create jobs at home, keep our tax dollars here and, thereby, avoid leakage of tax revenue to cities outside of Liberty County.  It is with this additional revenue that we will be able to focus on much needed improvements to our infrastructure, law enforcement, fire protection, EMS services and improving the quality of life here in Liberty County.  

As your County Judge, I will use my education, work experience, work ethic, skills, knowledge and good common sense to be an effective public servant and represent all of the residents of Liberty County.  I will promote cooperation and a teamwork atmosphere among all who are involved in our County Government and I will protect the trust that the residents of Liberty County have placed in me as their elected official with fairness, honesty and integrity.  Please vote for me, Jay Knight, on March 4th.  Your vote for me is a vote for the future of Liberty County.

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