Forty-seven years ago, as an eight-year-old boy, I watched my father, Robert Earl Evans, get sworn in as Clarke County Beat 2 Supervisor. I intently watched his 12 years of service to Clarke County and the citizens of Beat 2 and often wondered exactly what drove him to serve. He certainly didn’t need to serve. It didn’t sink in until about 5 years ago while I was serving the Board of Supervisors as an IT consultant for the county that my dad wanted to help make District 2 and Clarke County a better place to live and, just as importantly, be a good steward of the citizens’ tax dollars. That reckoning stirred a passion within me to serve and make a difference for the citizens of District 5 and Clarke County.
Today, I announce my candidacy for the office of Supervisor of Clarke County District 5. I am married and my wife Lindsay and I have four children – all educated in the public school system. My wife teaches in the Quitman School District, and we attend First Baptist Church of Quitman. I have served on the Board of Directors of the Clarke County Chamber of Commerce for 11 years. I was raised and educated in Clarke County as a 1985 graduate of Quitman High School. I further received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1992. Upon graduating from USM, I was offered a position with Burlington Industries where I worked in Manufacturing management, planning, and as Plant Capital Projects Manager. In the late 1990s, shortly before Burlington closed, I formed the information technology firm Scott Evans & Associates, LLC. From my time at Burlington, I saw a need for expertise in the infant field of business computer systems, software, and networking. I attained the certifications and training to provide those services. We started with zero clients, and after 24 years we have over 3000 active clients across the state of Mississippi, the eastern quarter of Louisiana, the northwest panhandle of Florida, and the western third of Alabama. Those clients include local and state government agencies, businesses, churches and non-profits, and national companies. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to visit with many local leaders from across those states and learn their keys to success and what mistakes they made that others should avoid. Two things kept recurring in those conversations: the successful leaders were honest and had integrity. The unsuccessful leaders had difficulty being honest. I will bring honesty, integrity, 31 years of business experience, and principled decision-making to the office of Supervisor of Clarke County District 5. I look forward to personally meeting with the voters of District 5 in the coming months to listen to your concerns. I humbly ask for your vote in the August primary and the November general election.
Thank you and may God bless you and your family.
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