Mad­dox says he’s a new­comer with a fresh take.

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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.

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