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Levy County Commissioner Mike Joyner, a Morriston cattleman and retired law enforcement officer, has announced plans to seek the District 3 commission post.
Joyner, 62, who runs a 385-acre owned and leased cow-calf operation with his son, is a family man, a devoted Christian, a Republican and political conservative.
He was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott in October of 2011 to serve the remainder of an unexpired commission term for District 1.
He favors protecting and preserving existing industries in Levy County including farming, ranching, timber and aquaculture, but will work to bring clean industry to bolster the tax base and increase employment opportunities.
Joyner advocates a 1 cent sales tax to help fund county operations rather than relying solely on property taxes paid by property owners. He believes a sales tax would spread the tax burden from property owners to everyone, including our many tourists and visitors who also use county services.
“I don’t think it’s right for a small percentage of the county residents to bear the burden of paying all the county taxes,” he said.
County government has outstanding employees, but the only way to provide them with better wages is to bring in clean industry to expand the county’s tax base.
Joyner has been married to Diane (Priest) Joyner of Morriston for the past 39 years. They have a son Scooter (Dedra) and daughter Jen (Ben), and three granddaughters Amanda, Taylor and April.
Joyner is a longtime member of the Morriston Baptist Church.
“Am I a Christian? I’ll put it this way. I believe in the Lord God with all my heart and mind. So am I a Christian -- 100 percent. But I need to be a better Christian.”
He and his wife live in a beautiful home on their Levy County Century Pioneer Farm, which was founded by Diane Joyner’s Grandparents Emory and Ella Priest in 1898.A Century Pioneer Farm means the land has been farmed continuously by the same family for 100 years. The cow-calf operation Joyner runs involving raising calves to a certain weight to sell at market. Joyner describes himself as a cowman rather than a rancher. He uses horses and dogs to round up his cattle in the woods.Joyner also says he is not a politician. He is plain spoken, but has and uses common sense.“I’m not going to make decisions based on popularity,” he said. “I’m going to do what is best for the people of Levy County.”Joyner spent 38 years in law enforcement including six years as a Levy County Sheriff’s Office courthouse deputy sheriff guarding a circuit judge.He retired as undersheriff (2nd in command) at the Jefferson County Florida’s sheriff’s office where he conducted State and Federal investigations.He received the Medal of Distinction for playing a central role in the capture of serial killer Eileen Wuornos in Florida. Wuornos was a prostitute who killed seven men in Florida in 1989-90. She was convicted and sentenced to death. She died by lethal injection on October 9, 2002.Joyner also received the Medal of Commendation for his work in law enforcement.He believes in preserving 2nd Amendment rights; the right to bear arms.Joyner loves Levy County and its traditions and culture, and wants to protect its property owners. His common sense will be used to achieve that goal.“To me, I don’t have the education that a lot of people have who are politicians, but I have enough common sense to know how to make a living and I have enough common sense to help people,” he said. ?