Duffy announces re-election bid

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

LEESBURG -- Lee County Commission Chairman Ed Duffy formally announced Monday that he will seek a second term on the county's Board of Commissioners.

Duffy, who confirmed in a profile that ran in The Herald on Jan. 10 that he would seek re-election, said in a release that he wants to continue along the fiscal path that has allowed the Commission to increase its undesignated reserve fund balance by some $4.3 million in the last three years.

"If I am fortunate enough to be re-elected, I pledge to the citizens that I will continue to support commercial development and the creation of jobs," Duffy said. "(The commission) will work to continue to strengthen the county's financial position and to be good stewards of taxpayer money."

Duffy, who worked in refreshment sales and as an executive in the wine and spirits industry for 35 years, outpolled Clayton Smith in 2006 to win a first term as representative of Lee County's Palmyra District. The pair sought the seat when then-incumbent Billy Mathis chose not to run for another term.

Duffy has been voted chairman of the Lee Board by his colleagues for each of the past two years.

"During the last three years this board has made tremendous progress for the citizens of Lee County," Duffy said in his announcement. "We have strengthened the financial position of the county by increasing the fund balance approximately $4,300,000 in the last three years and haven't raised property taxes in five years.

"I remain committed to working with the Board, not only for the Palmyra District but for all of the citizens in Lee County, to protect the health, welfare and safety by expanding services when necessary."

Duffy listed as Commission accomplishments during his tenure:

-- Implementation of policies to promote commercial development;

-- Adoption of the first transportation plan in the county's history; and

-- Public Safety expansion through adding fire/EMS stations on U.S. Highway 82 and near Smithville off the U.S. 19 bypass.

Qualifying for Commission races -- the Smithville/Chokee District 1 seat currently held by Commissioner Dennis Roland, who has also announced plans to run again, is up for re-election -- will be held April 26-30.

School Board seats in the two districts are also being contested during the 2010 election cycle.