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ELECTION 2022 | Miller County Justice of the Peace, District 9

by From Staff Reports | May 13, 2022 at 10:00 p.m.
John Haltom, left, and Howdy Smith

Editor's Note: The following are unedited responses from Miller County Justice of the Peace, District 9, candidates John Haltom and Howdy Smith. Each candidate was allowed a total of 500 words to distribute as they saw fit among their responses to the same five questions. The primary election is May 24.

What makes you a good candidate for Miller County District 9 JP?

Incumbent John Haltom: I have 26 years of exerpience as a JP.

Howdy Smith: Hello, l'm Howdy Smith. I've lived in Miller County all my life raising, training, and showing horses along with cattle and am a member of Faith Baptist Church. I've seen this county change a lot over the years and l'm going to make a positive impact with my time on the Quorum Court when I am elected.

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What are your top priorities if elected?

Haltom: The top priority is always the safety health and welfare of the citzens of Miller County.

Smith: We need solid jobs with dependable companies to establish their companies here along with encouraging entrepreneurs to start new businesses. Our families need safe, family friendly venues and events to spend their time at and to encourage other families to move here.

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How do you plan to connect with the community of District 9?

Haltom: I am available through email phone or at a regular meeting of the quorum court.

Smith: I do not avoid conversations and encourage communication and will encourage the county residents both in my district and beyond to reach out to me through my cell phone, which is listed publicly, my Facebook and my address with issues and opportunities to be of assistance.

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What Quorum Court committees do you hope to serve on ?

Haltom: Jail committee. I am chairman of the jail and JDC, also serve on the Fiance Committee.

Howdy Smith: I am aiming to actively participate in the economic development, buildings and roads, budget and finance, ordinance and grant review committees along with the Parks and recreation committees to help this county reach its maximum potential with growth and development.

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How do you hope to improve District 9 during your two-year term, if elected?

John Haltom: I would like to see the roads and bridges improved. Also will try to promote economic growth for District 9.

Smith: Now that I have grown older, I realize the importance of making decisions and taking action instead of waiting on the next generation or the next person to help our county. I do not believe in occupying a position for over twenty years before I can make a difference; I believe each day we are given is a day to make a difference.

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