Pinki Jackel has qualified to seek reelection to the office of county commissioner for District 1.

Pinki Jackel has qualified to seek reelection to the office of county commissioner for District 1.

Jackel, 54, 301 West Gorrie Drive,St.George Island, filed as a Republican. She will face Democrat Tony Shiver in the Nov. 8 general election.

The following is a statement issued by the candidate:

I am Pinki Jackel, Franklin County commissioner, representing Eastpoint and St. George Island. First, I would just like to say thank you for allowing me the honor of serving as your county commissioner. I am seeking re-election and humbly ask for your vote and support.

Since I have been elected, my focus has been on making sure that District 1 receives our fair share of services, improvements, and projects from all of the tax dollars and resources in Franklin County. When I took office, the most immediate problem I faced in District 1 was repairing the worst roads in the county. When I rode throughout the district, I was shocked at the condition and neglect of our streets. So, we went to work with county and state funds. Eastpoint badly needed streets paved and St. George Island was a stormwater nightmare. We were able to save many of our streets from complete deterioration and corrected numerous stormwater problems. In just over three years, our fair share has made a tremendous difference. I want to share with you some more of our accomplishments.

In 2009, we dedicated the Eastpoint boat ramp used daily by our seafood workers and sports fishermen. The Eastpoint Community Pavilion was finished just in time for Christmas 2010. Rex Pennycuff read the Christmas story to over 200 children while they waited for Santa to arrive with gifts for all on a fire truck driven by George Pruett. This began a new tradition for our children in Eastpoint. This Christmas, Eastpoint will have Christmas lights and we will celebrate their lighting.

In April of 2009, I had the honor of participating in the dedication ceremony of the St. George Island Lighthouse. The Lighthouse Park is the focal point of the Island and enjoyed by thousands every year. We now have sidewalks that connect the lighthouse to our commercial areas and we will expand those in the near future. We improved a county area on the bayside of the Island in 2010 which is our Ninth Street Park. This park is the launching site for the annual Boy Scout Youth Regatta. We cleared this overgrown, unusable area, and installed picnic tables and grills.

Everywhere you drive around Eastpoint and St. George Island there are improvements, from signs and landscaping, to water access and parking.

I want to share with you why I believe I am the best candidate and why I should be re-elected. First, I have proven to you that I will stand up for District 1, work hard for our fair share, and lead. I will continue to ask the hard questions and I will vote “No” when it is the right thing to do. Second, I will be accountable and available as I have been for the past four years. I have attended and participated in every board meeting since I was elected, except one, a PSC meeting held at the same time on the island in 2010, I represented our district regarding increasing water rates. Third, as I have demonstrated, I will represent Eastpoint and St. George Island fairly. Last, I will never forget that it is a privilege to serve and not a right.

What does the future hold for District 1 with me as your commissioner over the next four years? Simply put more and more of your tax dollars coming home. I have been working for two years on getting the Eastpoint Channel dredged and we are very close to getting permitted. We will lose our channel if we do not get this project completed. This will be a tremendous economic boost for Eastpoint and will preserve it as a working waterfront. I have obtained a boating improvement grant to build restrooms at the St George Island fishing pier, once we get it restored from storm damage. I also plan to build restrooms on the Eastpoint side of the fishing pier with help from our TDC. I will be working to bring a broader range of medical services to Franklin County with our hospital board and TMH. Our airport is not operating at its potential, we must do better. I have been and remain committed to protecting our Bay. Lastly, I want to see us clean up Franklin County.

We have accomplished a lot together, but we still have miles to go. I have proven I can deliver for our district. I humbly ask for your vote in November. Thank you and may God bless you and your family.