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Pictured from left: Justin Roberts; sons Jody, Max and Jakus; and wife Jackie.

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Justin Roberts said his campaign to become District 3 county commissioner began because of an obligation to be involved in local government.

Roberts, a small construction business owner, said his goal-oriented approach has served him well in the past.  Among the jobs in his background, he said he’s been a securities and investigative contractor for the United Stated Department of Agriculture and has been involved in cattle and direct sales upward of 13 years.

“Over the years, I’ve been involved in various civic organizations,” he said.  “I was chairman of Rural Water District No. 4.”

He said he’s the current fire chief at the Fitzhugh volunteer fire department and he currently serves on Pontotoc County’s tourism committee and emergency 911 committee.

A Latta graduate who has lived in District 3 most of his life, Roberts said he is familiar with the different responsibilities of the county commissioner.

“I know many folks think about that position being solely responsible for the roads, bridges, schoolbus traffic, emergency services and those things,” he said.  “The citizens need to be educated in the full realm of responsibilities that go along with that task.”

He said he’s prepared to deal with daily operations of the county courthouse, detention center, Agri-Plex as well as any other task that comes his way.

“There are so many entities that fall under that umbrella of county government,” Roberts said.

Roberts is interested in preserving community nutrition sites, which are currently having funding problems.

“There are many elderly who rely on those meals and I think the county needs to do all it can to see that program stays afloat and continues,” he said.

He said he’s also enthusiastic about working with Pontotoc County’s current county commissioners.

“I look forward to being able to work with the present commissioners.  Over the years, we’ve kind of gotten out of the good ol’ boy system and we have an effective group of county commissioners that are actively seeking the good of Pontotoc County,” he said.

He said he wants to build a strong and long-lasting relationship with the city of Ada, the Chickasaw Nation and county residents.

To learn more about Roberts, visit www.justinrobertsforcommissioner.com or call him at (580) 436-9991.

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