Meet 2020 Bay County commissioner, district three, candidate: Jarod Leighton


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

Who is Jarod Leighton?

Leighton is a 3rd generation Bay County resident. He graduated from Bay High School and went on to Gulf Coast State College.

He is married with two daughters. He began his career in real estate and sales.

What do you want to see change in Bay County?

  1. Transparency. People should know more or less what we are doing on a daily basis and why.
  2. Fiscal responsibility. Trim the fat and put as much money as possible into things that put money back into our resident’s pockets.
  3. Increased communication within the community. Make people aware of everything that’s going and asking for feedback using web-based technology and social media.

How do you plan to address county-wide budget cuts projected for next year as a result of the pandemic?

Expand the busy seasons so it’s not a feast or famine situation and temporarily push off projects that are not so imminently important, including opening the Old Pass, Leighton said. Instead, he added, we should focus on repairing and widening roads and recovering after the storm.

What progress have you seen in district three since Hurricane Michael and what can you do as county commissioner to encourage progress?

After the hurricane, Leighton said his house was totaled. He said as county commissioner, he would like to produce a vetted list of professionals for recovery to avoid construction scams.

He added that the government could have acted much quicker. With a bigger social media push, he said we could have had more aid coming in quicker.

Why are you running for county commissioner, district three?

“In real estate, a big thing that’s always pushed is ‘what is your why?'” Leighton said.

“My girls are my why. I want my girls to grow up in a place that’s better; that has more opportunity where they can grow and flourish. I want to be an example for them. I want to show them that an uphill battle is still one worth taking. I want to show them that it’s good to fight and sometime if you’re unhappy with something, you need to be the leader and take the action you can just wait around for something and wait for it to happen.”

You can reach Leighton at 850-381-4376.

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