Randy Floyd worked for the Ada fire department for 25 years and ran his business, Advanced Heating and Air Conditioning, on his days off.
The Pontotoc County man retired from the fire department almost 11 years ago to devote more time to his business. Now, he is getting ready to leave the business world so he can help the residents of the Second District.
“I’m not quitting it for more money to come work for the county,” Floyd said Tuesday. “It’s just I feel like somebody should step up and do something to help our district. I feel like that’s a calling and a need — it needs to be done.”
Floyd is competing against fellow Democrats Danny Davis and Carl Wages for the right to represent the Second District on the Pontotoc County Commission. Davis is seeking a second term on the commission, and Wages is a former commissioner hoping to return to county government.
The primary election is set for June 26 with a runoff primary on Aug. 28 if none of the candidates gets a simple majority of the votes.
There are no Republicans in the race this year, so the winner of the primary — or the runoff primary if there is one — would capture the commission seat.
Floyd said he has not held public office before, but he decided to run for the commission because his district’s roads are in poor shape.
“A lot of people are complaining about the roads, and those things need to be taken care of,” he said. “It’s obvious that we need someone who can stay inside a budget.”
Floyd said he does not have any specific complaints about the budget, but he wants to make sure the county does not waste taxpayers’ money.
Floyd said if he is elected, his top priorities include managing the county’s budget and making sure the county has enough employees to maintain the roads. He also pledged to listen to his constituents.
“You’re working for them,” he said. “They tell you what’s important to them, and I just don’t think that anybody’s listening to what they’re saying.”