Paul Higdon, a Macon County Republican running for the district three commission seat, allowed Macon County News to ask a few questions about his background and goals for Macon County. The Macon County News has allowed each sitting commissioner and commission candidates to give their side of the story in a question and answer session so that voters can know more about their governing philosophy.
Can you tell us a little about your background?
I grew up in Macon County where my family has lived for generations, graduated FHS in 1967, spent two years in the U.S. Army and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with degrees in Environmental Health Science and Biology. After college, I worked for Macon County Environmental Health Services for nearly 10 years and have been self employed in a small family business, Sewer Solutions Inc, for the last 16 years and I am also a partner in Reuse Innovations Inc.
I have been married to the former Linda Stanley for 40 great years and have two adult children, Justin Higdon and Lauren Shuler. My family attends Oak Dale Baptist Church where I have been a life long member and serve as a deacon with other positions.
Why did you decide to run?
Quoting Thomas Jefferson, ‘All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to sit idly by.’ I consider myself to be of good conscience and for the last few years have spoken out against excessive and unnecessary local regulations. If elected, I will stand against any new regulations and work to promote the positive aspects of Macon County.
What are the main issues you will focus on in your campaign?
Convincing people that Macon County is not sliding off the map and that over regulation, taxation and reckless government spending are the main reasons we are in a recession. As federal and state money dries up, local government will be expected to take up the slack and the average person can’t afford any increases in taxes or fees. We also need to be planning for the pending property revaluation and with the closing of our community schools, we’ve lost practice fields for our youth sports program and we need to be looking at options to solve this problem.
What would be your goals as a commissioner?
Oppose any new regulations, support small business development and special events that draw people to Macon County to spend their money locally. I approve of reducing the budget for the past few years and would support continuing this path.
What area of Macon County would you like to improve?
If Macon County is to be improved, it will be through the private sector creating jobs. Government needs to reduce or eliminate restrictions or fees that inhibit growth, particularly in the construction industry.
The budget is always a big issue every year for the commission board? How would you approach this agenda item in a slow economy?
I would approach this issue the same way every year regardless of economic conditions. Evaluate every program and service annually and make sure the tax payers are getting the best deal possible.
What separates you from everyone else who is running? What kind of leadership and skill set would you bring to the board?
I have management experience in both the public and private sector and believe in limited government.
What do you want Macon County voters to know about you before they go to vote in November?
If I am elected to serve, every vote I cast will be in the best interest of the taxpayer, I don’t represent any special interest group other than taxpayers and I’m not part of any inner circle or clique.