WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Teddy Stewart (R) is running for the district three seat on the Walton COunty board of county commissioners against Mike Barker (R).
Who is Teddy Stewart?
Stewart lives in Mossy Head. He joined the Air Force for four years after graduating high school.
He served the police department in San Antonio for 22 years during which he was elected to represent the department on the board of the pension fund.
He was also elected president of the police association in San Antonio.
After he retired, he transitioned to working in marketing and real estate.
He’s been married to his wife for 36 years and they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
What are your top priorities?
- Economic development and attracting manufacturing-type industries into North Walton.
- Improving infrastructure in South Walton. Potentially running a tram from the shops to the beach.
- Making planning and development more efficient by providing the latest technology and training to the employees. He added that variances for building codes need to be given so that the work being done is beneficial to the community.
How will you balance economic development with environmental preservation?
Stewart said it’s important to protect the bay.
He said that places like Mossy Head Industrial Park and recently purchased land is for economic development. Stewart said he would never support manufacturing plants in South Walton.
He said that the technical colleges in Walton County will provide an adequate workforce for the companies and the companies will provide well-paying jobs for residents.
He said it is the company’s responsibility to make sure the job site is accessible to employees via roads, etc.
Stewart said as long as building codes are followed correctly, you are protecting people.
What are your thoughts on the Confederate monument and flag in DeFuniak Springs?
Stewart said the monument and the flag are two different things. The monument is to honor those lost in the war and the flag was placed in front of the courthouse when racial tensions were high he said.
Stewart said it’s almost impossible to solve this problem now when tensions are this high, but should be discussed in the future.
What are your thoughts on a mandatory mask mandate?
Stewart said he does not think it’s the government’s role to tell residents what they have to do in their everyday lives. He said he is in favor of the county making recommendations to keep people safe.