Woodson announces candidacy

Published 5:04 pm Friday, March 30, 2007

My name is Sidney A. Woodson and I am a resident of the White Sand Community and I have been a proud Pearl River Countian for the past 19 years. I am seeking your votes for Supervisors, District Two.

I am married to the former Margaret Aileen Jones, of Taylorsville. Our daughter, Sidney Aileen, is 25 years old and works in the hospitality industry on the Gulf Coast. My wife Margaret is a licensed real estate agent and active in our community.

I am of the Baptist faith and attend White Sand Baptist Church.

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For the past 17 years I have been the co-owner of Woodson Management and Security Service. We specialize in providing clients with a host of services ranging from security to mapping, wildlife control and management, to consultation on land purchases, aerial photography and heavy equipment operations.

I have spent more than 30 years in land, wildlife and resource management and conservation at local, state and federal levels.

Most of my professional career was spent developing public lands for use, maintaining wildlife populations and habitat, surveying tracts of land, protecting endangered species and serving as federal aid coordinator on numerous land use projects in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida and Arkansas.

In 1959 when I joined the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a forester specializing in land and game management. In 1963, I became the assistant chief in the state agency’s Game Division.

In 1968, I was promoted by the agency to federal aid coordinator and chief of the Land Division.

In 1970, I joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a federal game management agent. In 1972 I became a pilot for the agency. My duties included aerial missions to augment technical programs used protect migratory bird and eagle populations.

In 1974, I was promoted to Senior Resident Agent and Pilot and relocated to Jackson. In 1983, I was transferred to Florida where I participated in a number of operations target and protect native endangered and regulated species.

I transferred to the Slidell office in 1988 where I remained a Special Agent and Pilot until my retirement in 1990. Our family had chosen to make our home in Pearl River County shortly after we were transferred to the area.

In asking to serve as your supervisor, I feel I bring to the table a solid record of reliability, effective leadership and a lifetime of experience working with people from all walks of life.

At 69 years of age, I feel I’m old enough to know what needs to be done, and young enough to get it done the right way.

I feel the job of serving as your supervisor in today’s Pearl River County demands a commitment to purpose and a working knowledge of the issues. Expanding utility services, improving our emergency management capabilities, protecting our property rights, funding law enforcement and combating crime and drug abuse top a list of priorities we now face in the post-Katrina era.

We have waste management issues potentially affecting the health and welfare of every man, woman and child in this county for generations to come. We have issues of fiscal responsibility, equal treatment of our citizens, public access of lands and regulating building codes. The list goes on.

Our district, indeed our county, is at the threshold of what many believe will be the greatest period of expansion in our region since the turn of the 20th century. I want to be a part of building a great Pearl River County where families can thrive economically, live safely and enjoy life.

I am a practical man, an experienced professional and a committed citizen. I am asking you for the opportunity to serve. I’m asking for your vote and support on Aug. 7 in the Republican primary. Thank you.