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Jefferys touts construction experience

Posted on October 9, 2021

Updated on October 11, 2021

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Jefferys

Jefferys

Name: Tony Jefferys.

Age: 65.

Running for: Spring Hope town commissioner.

Education: High school graduate.

Prior elected offices: President of Dusty Change Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Occupation: Retired. Spent 40 years working in heavy civil construction field.

Married, children? Married to Delma Greene Jefferys, three children and eight grandchildren.

Why are you running for office? Numerous people came to me and asked me to run because of my past work experience. With me moving back to Spring Hope 15 years ago, then retiring five years ago and now living here, I began to see the importance of my past experience, which would be an invaluable asset to the future infrastructure of Spring Hope. As a senior superintendent, I was in charge of $300 million highway jobs, which included the schedules, budget and 100-150 employees. Also included was working with subcontractors, OSHA and engineers. I look forward to the challenges that will come.

What is the greatest challenge your office will face? Infrastructure: Spring Hope’s water systems and roads are my No. 1 issue. I feel the need to begin this work now. I feel the town needs to begin to take back the responsibilities of maintaining the town and find other options than Envirolink. 2. Funds: Look for grants, other options. 3. Growth: Growth needed, but must be controlled. 4. New businesses.

What do you enjoy most about our area? Even though I have only been here the last 15 years, I feel like I have been here my whole life. My mother and father retired here and my mom still lives here. My grandparents and uncle lived outside of town on Seven Paths Road for their entire lives. I spent summers with them and learned to appreciate hard work. I worked two summers with Claiborn Wood barning tobacco. I always loved the small-town atmosphere of Spring Hope and think I always knew I would return to my roots here.

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