Simons won’t seek third term

Jackson County Judge Dennis Simons has announced that he is not going to seek re-election for a third term in 2018. His term expires at the end of 2018, but he said he wanted to let the community know so interested candidates can consider filing for the position this December.
“I have reached the time in my life when I want to be able to enjoy my children and grandchildren and spend more time traveling with my wife, Kay,” he said.
“My time in office has been enjoyable and I have been fortunate to have been involved in economic growth in our county. We have seen the addition of three gas processing plants and the expansion of Formosa Plastics into Jackson County. These projects will ultimately add almost $1.5 billion to our tax rolls and help relieve the tax burden for the home owner and small business owner.
“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Jackson County and to work with the elected officials and employees of the county. I thank you for your support.”

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