Calhoun Seeks position of Pike County Circuit ClerkPublished 6:41pm Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Pike County native, Daryl Calhoun, 45, announces his plan to seek the office of Pike County Circuit Clerk.
Calhoun, a 1985 Pike County High School graduate, said, “After discussion with my wife, and much prayer, I have decided to seek the office of Pike County Circuit Clerk.”
Calhoun is married to Tammy Livingston Calhoun and they are the proud parents of two children, Sarah Elizabeth, 10 and Jace, 8. Together they attend First Baptist Church of Troy. Calhoun’s parents, Sherrill and Ruby Calhoun, are also Pike County natives.
Daryl’s past employment includes the City of Troy police department and the Pike County sheriff’s department. For 23 years, Calhoun has worked for the Alabama Department of Transportation as transportation manager. Tammy is an employee at the Pike County Board of Education, and has worked there for over 21 years.
Calhoun pledges that when elected, he will make a positive difference in the office of circuit clerk. He will make every effort to be a servant leader, leading by example.
The “New Vision” campaign theme is one that includes positive elements. “It will not be politics as usual.” Calhoun continues, “I feel that voters deserve to know important information and facts to help them determine how they will vote.”
“The people of Pike County are worthy of a circuit clerk who will be consistent, credible, caring, reliable, and approachable,” Calhoun said. “One that is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work hard….I am without a doubt that person,” he continued.
Calhoun said, “As a candidate seeking your vote for circuit clerk, I promise to run a positive campaign. I pledge not to solicit or accept campaign donations from anyone. Taking away the idea that favors are owed to certain people for their campaign contributions.”
“When elected circuit clerk, I promise to make decisions that are best for the majority, not for a select few. And, I will manage the office of circuit clerk efficiently and effectively,” Calhoun said.
Calhoun shares, “I feel that the citizens of Pike County deserve a friendly and courteous staff to include an open door policy that will welcome everyone.”
Calhoun plans to integrate new technology that would add an element of security and efficiency to the office of circuit clerk. The system could allow for automatic alert of out-of-date licenses, certificates, and other date sensitive documentation that if not monitored could prove to be costly and dangerous for the people of Pike County.
“In Pike County just a few weeks ago, the failure to recognize expired licenses could have resulted in the release of an alleged rapist and burglar,” shared Calhoun. Reported by Matt Olofson in the Dothan Eagle on July 13, 2012, Ragan Ingram, the chief of staff for the State Department of Insurance confirmed that the bail-bonding agent in this case had failed to renew his license that expired on January 31.
Calhoun shared that the failure to recognize the expired license led to multiple suspects release without secured bonds. “Making sure that licenses are up-to-date and bonds are secure, are two of the many responsibilities of the office of circuit clerk. I will not take this responsibility lightly,” said Calhoun.
Another issue that Calhoun speaks passionately is the elected officials elaborate supernumerary retirement plan. Calhoun said, “This plan allows Alabama circuit clerks to retire after 18 years of service and collect 75% of their salary.” Calhoun promises that he will not participate in this plan as he feels it takes advantage of taxpayer’s money
Calhoun will be campaigning door-to-door until the election. He wishes he could speak to each person, but, if your paths do not cross, he asks you to vote for a “New Vision” for Pike County. Cast your vote for a man who is capable and consistent, a man of character and concern, vote for Daryl Calhoun.
You may visit darylcalhoun.com to learn more about Daryl, his family, and his campaign.
This article was submitted on behalf of Daryl Calhoun by Donna C. Sanders.