Barron announces candidacy for re-election
Published 3:00 am Friday, December 4, 2015
Commissioner Jimmy Barron announces his candidacy as a Republican seeking re-election to represent Pike County Commission District 3. If re-elected, Barron will serve his fourth term.
“I want to continue to serve the people of Pike County by striving to improve better services and to secure funding so we can have better roads and bridges in our county,” Barron said.
Barron was first elected as commissioner in 2004. During his time in office, the Pike County Commission has created a ten year plan to reduce debt by 60 percent and has worked to make sure that ten year plan has remained on schedule, which is the commitment of the Pike County Commission to manage debt and spending.
Most recently, Barron served while the Commission voted to approve a lodging tax to use toward local roads and bridges that do not qualify for federal funding with 50 percent of the tax going into a rainy day fund.
“We still have challenges ahead, but we are far ahead of previous years with an opportunity to do even better if we keep our commitment to our plan. We are constantly working with other elected county officials to keep expenditures down,” Barron said. Along with the rest of the Commission, Barron works with all the department heads and other elected officials. The Pike County Commission recently worked with a government program known as ATRIP to enhance many of our frequently used roads and bridges. This was the largest road and bridge project in recent Alabama history and over $12 million was received for funding the major project. Many governmental leaders of the community worked closely together to maximize this funding.
Barron has also served on the Commission during two much needed renovation projects for the Pike County Courthouse to update and improve the facilities. The Commission also works diligently with the Pike County Economic Development office to help recruit new industry to Pike County.
Barron has served on the Board of Directors for the South Central Alabama Development Commission since 2004. He is an active member of Park Memorial United Methodist Church. There he serves on the church council, finance committee, is usher chairperson, and member of the PMUMC Men’s Club. Barron is also a long time member of the Pike County Republican Party.
Barron was born and raised in Pike County. He is married to Cindy Barron and they have one daughter, Carli, and one son, Brax. He is the son of the late Jabbo and Lila Faye Barron.
“I enjoy serving the people of Pike County. I want to make a difference and help provide better jobs to the people here,” Barron said. “I want to make a difference because I want Pike County to be a better place to work, live, and raise a family”.