District 2 Commissioner Monty Merchant is seeking re-election to the Holmes County Board of County Commissioners.
A 1975 graduate of Holmes County High School, Merchant worked for the Florida Department of Transportation for 31 years before retiring. Since then, he has served his Dist. 2 County Commission seat full-time.
"It has been my privilege to serve the citizens of Holmes County," said Merchant. "I am proud of the accomplishments during my time in office, and there is still important work to be done. I am seeking re-election in order to continue that work.”
Among action taken during his tenure, Merchant worked with local state legislators to repeal the mandate of unnecessary septic tank inspections (SB 550), worked to balance the budget without cutting essential services, lowered the millage rate, and obtained grant funding for new roads and bridges.
“I have the experience needed to continue to lead our county in the right direction," said Merchant. "As always, roads and bridges will be one of my highest priorities. During the past four years, Holmes County has received federal and state funding on several roads and bridges, and we will soon be advertising for the reconstruction of County Road 2A and County Road 2 West, which will be funded from FDOT funds. County Road 177 will also be advertised for reconstruction in the near future, and we will soon receive federal FEMA monies to repair our roads from the flooding earlier this year."
"Holmes County has many challenges ahead," he added. "I have the experience, time, and desire to deal with the issues and challenges we face in the future."
Merchant is the son of Ralph and Jone Merchant of Bonifay. His wife, Lisa, who has served as a Holmes County teacher for 23 years, is the daughter of Juanita Stanley and the late Thomas Stanley of Ponce de Leon. They have two sons and reside in Ponce de Leon.