Meet 2020 Bay County commissioner, district three, candidate: Bill Dozier

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Bill Dozier (R) is the incumbent Bay County district three commissioner running against local businessman Jarod Leighton (R).

Who is Bill Dozier?

Dozier moved to Bay County at age 10 in 1970. He is married with six children and 15 grandchildren.

He began working in Parks and Recreation and has also worked in traffic control and engineering. He also served in the U.S. Army for three years.

Dozier has been the district three county commissioner for 16 years.

What are your top three priorities for the county moving forward?

  1. Opening the Old Pass.
  2. Continue paving the dirt roads while keeping taxes low.
  3. Attract new industry into Bay County to raise the pay scale in accordance with the increasing cost of living.

How do you plan to attract new industry?

Low taxes for businesses and high quality of life for employees, Dozier said.

How will you keep taxes low while still completing public works programs?

Dozier said that the money from the half cent sales tax, 60% of which is paid by tourists, goes directly to pave roads.

How will you address the county-wide budget cuts expected next year as a result of the lack of tourism from the pandemic?

“What we have done is we are very conservative in our philosophy,” Dozier said. He said they will stay within the budget they have while still moving forward with the projects, but that they might have to put some off until next year.

What progress have you seen in district 3 since Hurricane Michael and what can you do to progress it more?

Dozier said they’ve identified several hundred properties that haven’t been addressed a year and a half later and are cleaning them up via FEMA Personal Property Debris Removal and Bay County Code Enforcement.

Why should people re-elect you?

“I want to take that experience that I’ve gained especially over that last 16 years as county commissioner, but I want to take that experience that I’ve gained and help move Bay County forward.”

“We still have a long ways to go, we’re not out of the woods yet, we have a long ways to go before we get there and I want to help for these next four years, I certainly want to help move us forward and finish what we started.”

You can reach Bill Dozier by phone at 850-890-5224.

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