The Gubernatorial Appointments office confirmed for me today, they have made their decision on the District 1 County Commission Seat.
They have not made the press release yet, but I got the personal go ahead from Mike Yaworsky, the Director of Gubernatorial Appointments to let our people know. Our Candidate of choice Abraham Blitch was not selected. The Governor chose to appoint Owen Chad Johnson. Some refer to him as "Cracker". I do not personally know Mr. Johnson. I was concerned that a Republican Governor would appoint someone that was not a Republican. I assumed he was not a republican because he has not supported nor attended any Levy County Republican events in the past 5 or so years that would have met him.
I did confirm with the Supervisor of Elections office that he was a registered Democrat until June 22, 2009 when he changed his party affiliation to Republican.
Now that Mr. Johnson, is a Republican, and our newly appointed Commissioner for District 1, we wish him the best of luck. We have to believe the Governor has made the right decision and move forward. We have a budget that needs to be ironed out and Mr. Johnson is already behind where all the other commissioners are.
As the Chairman of the LCREC, I believe the best interests of Levy County would be to put our full support behind Mr. Johnson. We at the LCREC look forward to his appearance at the Levy County Republican Meetings and events!