John Quinton, a local pastor, grandfather, and community advocate is running for county commissioner on a theme of “low taxes and clean water.

Quinton said:

We need clean air and water, good roads, access to education, and a fair cost of living. We need to protect our rivers, lakes, springs, and coastlines — and we need to fight the reckless plan by outside investors to build a gas station over the Wakulla Springs cave system. We need to support education and local businesses at every turn.

Our commissioners are raising taxes because the growth in Wakulla County is not paying for itself. Developers are prospering, but current residents are paying higher taxes for all the new infrastructure. If elected, I want to make sure that growth pays for itself so we’re not stuck with the bill. As a commissioner, I will look to the future while working for everyone’s benefit.

As a pastor, my churches have always helped the neighborhoods around us in Wakulla County. We run community food banks, provide support for medical care, and help people keep their homes by assisting with rent, utilities, and repairs. We provide transportation and even assist with auto repairs. We help our neighbors achieve their educational goals and navigate the legal system when necessary. In short, we do all we can to uplift the community.

Pastor Quinton retired last month from the Sopchoppy and Ochlockonee Bay United Methodist Churches, where he served for eight years. He was raised on a family farm and entered the ministry after a career in the automobile business.

Quinton is married to Gail, a retired teacher, former president of the Optimist Club, and community volunteer. They have two children and three grandchildren.

John looks forward to talking to you about your concerns and hopes for Wakulla County. Please contact him at 850-363-1760. Donations can be made at

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