Candidate questionnaire: Forrest "Dan" Duryea

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Candidate questionnaire: Forrest "Dan" Duryea

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Published Monday, October 22, 2012   |  768 Words  |  

Name: Forrest "Dan" Duryea

Age: 63

Political party: Republican

Elected position you are seeking: County Council District 7

Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 14

Family: Wife, Tammy Duryea; two daughters each from previous marriages

Education: Bachelor of Arts in health care administration, 1981; School of Nuclear Medicine Technology, 1971; School of Radiologic Technology, 1970

Current occupation/employer: Director of facilities and community management, Belfair Property Owner's Association, Inc. 1999 to present

Employment, military and volunteer history: Served in U.S. Army 1970-1981; principal with Family Medical Center 1981-1997; Prudential Hilton Head Properties 1996-1999; Belfair POA, Inc. 1999 to present

Please list all public offices to which you've been elected, when and where: None

Please list any unsuccessful candidates for public office and when: None

Other prior political and government experience: None

Key endorsements you've received: No official endorsements

Contributions: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.

Expenditures: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.

Highest contributors: No campaign contributions or expenditures reported as of Oct. 12.

Why should people vote for you?

I would like people to vote for me because I am not a traditional politician. I consider myself to be an independent thinker and I am not afraid to address any issues head on. I am honest and truthful. Some may say "too honest." I have no political agenda, other than participating in the decision-making process of the county's business with the citizens of Beaufort County's best interest. Since I do not know my opponent and/or her political views, I have no comment one way or another.

What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How?

1. Upcoming Property reassessments and its affect on the counties operating budget.

2. Bluffton Parkway: Evacuation of the county's citizens in case of a major storm threat; realignment of the parkway is a waste of $31 million dollars of taxpayers money that is better utilized for other projects.

3. Solid-waste disposal: Mandatory recycling; proof of residency to use disposal sites; locate available land for future landfills.

What other issues do you see as important?

1. Protection of our natural resources, including a system to protect rivers and marshes from stormwater runoff through the utilization of newer methodologies for underground retention ponds.

2. Jobs: Attract more technical businesses in health care and technology.

3. Creating more recreational space for our children.

What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to the public?

Those who know me personally and professionally know me as someone who is very transparent and one who speaks his mind. I believe that our county officials have made themselves and their administration open to the public and accessible via their televised proceedings. Beaufort County should be proud of the accomplishments of their representatives.

Have you ever been convicted of a crime (felony), been disciplined by a professional licensing board or organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details.

No

Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your federal, state or local taxes? If so, please give the details.

No

Are there any personal details about you that voters would be interested in knowing?

I am a father to four daughters and grandfather to three granddaughters.

I have been privileged to have served my country for 11 years in the U.S. Army, enjoyed a challenging career as a health care professional in radiology and nuclear medicine technology. My current role in community management of an 1,100-acre pristine community whose population is in excess of 1,500 citizens is much like being a town manager of a small community.

I am now at a point in my business life that I have an opportunity to give back to the citizens of Beaufort County who have created an opportunity for me to raise my children and enjoy the many benefits of living life in the Lowcountry.