Maddox says he’s a newcomer with a fresh take.
Quotable: “I’m a new player with a fresh, energetic perspective to pursue community needs. I don’t have a grudge (against anyone) nor close friends (who are officials). I have no preconceived notions about how need to run business. All I have is a back bench perspective that tells me some subjects need to have a much more thorough study and review.”
Q: You have never held a political office before. Why should Republican voters choose you to represent them in a new district?
A: Having never held a political office is an advantage — I can handle issues/ questions/challenges and give answers with a more open, honest approach, with no preconceived notions what-so-ever and put the “community first.” I’d also like to point out that I’m looking to be a public servant, not a politician. There is truly a difference in the eyes of the community. My 18 year mix of experience in the corporate and local business world has prepared me very well for the role of a commissioner. The people need a new voice that’ll listen to them and approach matters with honesty and energy. I humbly ask the citizens to vote for Levie Maddox as that new voice.
Q: Some people believe the Covington square should become more of an entertainment center with more restaurants and shopping options and fewer professional services. What are your thoughts on that? In either case, what can you do to advance the downtown sector?
A: Our community must have a vibrant downtown district and square as this charming, historical area is part of our identity. The county and the commissioners must support the city council, chamber of commerce and Main Street Covington in promoting businesses, events and art activities centered there to encourage a healthy, diverse destination. This destination should include a few more unique retailers and restaurants that help to draw people from all over, not just Newton County, on evenings and weekends. In addition to supporting the above, I pledge to conduct all matters in a respectful, civil manner so that business prospects appreciate the type of leaders represent the community.
Q: As a candidate, what do you believe is your greatest strength?
A: Trained through business experience, my ability to listen, understand and apply. We must listen to the community needs, for today and for the next generation. Understanding where we’ve been and where we want/need to go will help to put in a foundation today that brings prosperity for our children years from now. Applying energy toward our future path through smart economic development and controlled growth; while supporting public safety, our hospital and the school system are the keys to our future success. We have one shot at this, we cannot approach matters the way we did in the 90s when sprawl hit the western side of the county.
Q: Similarly, what is your greatest weakness and, if applicable, how do you plan to address it once in office?
I do not have an in-depth knowledge of how many of the county’s departments work. I plan to rapidly advance that knowledge by meeting with each department manager and constitutional officer. This gives me a direct view of how their processes work and what the department needs are. It also begins a direct relationship with the department, so that I can be their voice as well. I have already met with more than six of these stakeholders and will continue that path.
Levie Maddox is a lifelong native and is hoping he can provide a new perspective to the county’s top board.