I feel a government that governs least governs best. We have two options in Greene County: either raise taxes or limit government. I want to significantly limit the size and scope of government. I'd like privatization of inefficient Greene County expenditures so that our Free Markets would have a chance to prosper. I realize infrastructure is an important aspect of County Government; however, I believe there are a multitude of Greene County expenses that could and should be cut. Government begins locally; I feel the only thing worse than our overbearing County government, would be more State level bureaucracy that is already controlled and run by the status quo of lobbyists and big money. Tax cuts and a user friendly County Government is the way to promote business, jobs, and growth through not only new business arriving to our beautiful county, but also by allowing local business to grow and prosper.
· What differentiates you from your opponent?
I’m a small business owner and have been self-employed since 1993. I know the struggles of having to tighten my belt in order to pay my employees. I never have or never will ask my clients for more money because I became too big or powerful and was inefficient in my spending. I want to protect the citizens of Greene County from the Commission. I believe government is not the solution to every problem. Government is the problem; limiting and restricting government control is the solution. WE ARE AMERICANS! We work through adversity; we don't just throw more money at it. If you feel you'd prefer to throw more money at Greene County Government and let them decide what is best for you, you will have two other Commissioner Candidates on the Ballot who have proven they can spend your money. I feel that spending the money is the easy part; deciding when not to spend, takes a true leader. If you feel that Government has gotten too intrusive into our lives, land, and wallets, the choice is clear, vote Libertarian.
Mark Alan Jones
Your name: Mark Alan Jones
Ballot name: Mark “MAJIC” Jones
Date of birth: 08/27/1963
Political party: Libertarian
Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 47
Are you a full-time resident of that area? Yes
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):
I’m a single father of two beautiful daughters; Jasmine, 17 (home), Julia, 27 (San Diego); I’ve also moved my mother in next door.
Hillcrest H.S. graduate, 1981; Leadership Institute Grassroots Activism School, 2004; Leadership Institute Activists School, 2006; Springfield Municipal Academy, 2008; Leadership Institute Candidate Training, 2009.
MAJ inc. President
MAJIC Painting & Wallcovering
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Greene County Associate Commissioner District 1, 2004; Presiding Commissioner, 2006; G.C.A.C. District 1, 2008.
Other prior political and government experience:
Serving on the Greene County Financial Advisory Board; Chairman of the Greene County Libertarian Party; Missouri Libertarian Party Executive Committee; National Libertarian Party Delegate; Libertarian Precinct Committeeman.
How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be published):
1.Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details.
I learned from several lessons prior to 1986 and haven’t had any alcohol or mood altering substances of any kind for 24 years. I do, however, personally support decriminalization of marijuana for adults. I feel that our prisons and judicial system are cluttered with victimless crimes and an unenforceable prohibition, which make our streets more dangerous than necessary.
2. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.
3. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?
Unlike the Springfield/Greene County “Strategic Planning” shopping list with no price tags, I’d like to incorporate a “Strategic Downsizing” for taxpayers to decide which programs or wasteful spending they would like to see cut.
4. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)?
I’m a small business owner and have been fully self-employed since 1993. When I get elected it’s for no political gain other than our freedom. I want to protect the citizens of Greene County from the Commission. I believe government is not the solution to every problem. Government is the problem; limiting and restricting government control is the solution. I will only treat my constituents as I expect to be treated.
5. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected?
How? (75 words for each issue)
A. Freedom: I will not try to control every aspect of your land, life, or liberty. Individual liberty is the foundation of our Constitution. The most popular question I receive while campaigning is “What will you do for me?” I will give you exactly what I want: Freedom: I support fewer restrictions on our local food so that our community can be self-sustaining. I would also advocate revitalization of industrial hemp in our area.
B. Trust: I feel the main responsibility of government is to protect the citizens from force and fraud. The biggest Bully is our government. People are being manipulated with their own property. Our forefathers picked up guns and started a revolution based on much less than the atrocities we face today. I suggest our first and best weapon is voting out every politician who hasn’t made a significant change toward smaller government on every level.
C. Fiscal responsibility: As Americans, we work through adversity; we don't just throw more money at it. If you feel you'd prefer to throw more money at Greene County Government and let them decide what is best for you, you will have two other commissioner candidates on the ballot who have proven they can spend your money. I feel spending the money is the easy part; deciding when not to spend, takes a true leader.
6. What do you see as other important issues?
The Springfield/Greene County “Strategic Plan” (our community’s latest effort to steer us deeper into Socialism) is not the government’s responsibility. The County has some good programs; however, I feel they could be run more efficiently in the free market. No government should try to spend even more of our hard-earned money simply because of a “utopian” questionnaire. We need to quit spending what we don’t have and quit taking what we don’t need.
7. What magazines, newspapers and Web publications do you regularly read to keep up on the news and developments in your areas of interest?
8. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to disclose before it comes up in the campaign?
As mentioned earlier, my closet has its share of dusty bones. I’ve learned from the mistakes and apathy of my youth. After realizing there is a multitude of angry citizens like me, I now use my spare time to speak against an unbridled and ever-growing government. I’m not looking for recognition; I’m searching for freedom.
Mark Alan Jones
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