Escambia County News Politics

Escambia County Commission, District 1

July 13, 2012

The Escambia County Commission, District 1 primary race has two candidates trying for the seat. One is the commission’s current chairman, Wilson Robertson, who’s hoping for a swan song. The other is newcomer Jesse Casey, who hopes to inject some new energy into the county commission.

Both Robertson and Casey are Republicans. Whichever candidate wins the Aug. 14 primary, will go on to face Bobby Spencer, no party affiliation, in November.

Wilson Robertson

The board’s current chairman, Wilson Robertson, has spent a good deal of time on the Escambia County Commission—serving in two different districts.

Now he’d like to spend a bit more time on the board. He’s hoping for another round in the District 1 seat.

“And have eight years like I did in District 5,” Robertson said.

The long-time commissioner wants to serve another term in order to finish up business the board is currently tending to. He said there’s still work to be done regarding the sportsplex and the Saufley Field Landfill.

“I want to finish a lot of things we have not got finished,” he said. “Four years, you can’t get everything done that you want to get done.”

One reason Robertson is looking to stick around is because he wants to be involved when fines related to the BP oil spill start coming in to the county. The commission will have a voice in how the money is spent.

“That’s a prime reason I want another term,” he said, “because of all this BP money coming in.”

Another reason the commission is seeking reelection is because he feels the body needs to retain his experience. Robertson noted that the commission is already losing two seasoned members in Kevin White and Marie Young, and he doesn’t think it can afford to lose another.

“We’re not set up to have three brand new commissioners at one time,” Robertson said, adding that the idea is resonating with constituents— “I spoke to a Rotary Club today out at Perdido Key and they thoroughly understood.”

If Robertson wins District 1 again, it will cap off his political career.

“This will be my last term,” Robertson said of his hoped-for next stint on the commission. “Sixteen years of county commission will be enough.”

Jesse Casey

He’s a general contractor. Never been a politician before.

“Up to about two and a half years ago I had zero political ambition to do anything,” said Jesse Casey.

Casey is aiming for the Escambia County Commission, District 1 seat. Having lived in the district since he was 4-years-old, he considers himself familiar with the area.

“That’s the only district I’ve ever lived in,” the candidate said.

If he’s successful in his bid for the commission seat, Casey plans to approach issues from the perspective of his constituents.

“Some of our elected people in office forget who works for who,” he said.

The candidate takes a keen interest in assuring the area has a thriving environment for business. He said he’s personally experienced the lack of such an environment in the area.

“I’ve had to go out of town and live out of a suitcase to make money,” Casey said. “You can go to Mobile and make more money than you can here. That’s always been the case and that shouldn’t be right.”

The candidate said that bringing business opportunities into the area will have an overall positive impact on Escambia County, and will be one of his areas of focus.

“If you do that you create a stronger community,” Casey said. “The community’s going to grow.”

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  • Erik sharplin July 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Folk remember please escambia has 400 million dollar each year

    Wlson Robertson has made it clear there will be no new taxes.

    The budget is balaned

    Lets talk about being a hypocriite

    Grover Robinson Kevin White Marie Young voted themselves the funds for the lawsuit vs Forrest Gibbs

  • Haha July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Keep what going – the flow of BP money to our cronies and friends?

  • jeeperman July 16, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Commissioner Wilson Robertson and his business partner, J. Lamar Brazwell Sr., have been cited with two code enforcement violations for the large mound of asphalt sitting on their property on Nine Mile Road.

    They have 90 days from the Sept. 20th, 2011 notice of violations to come into compliance, which requires screening the asphalt pile with vegetative buffering or a 6-foot opaque fence, according to the violation notice.
    Failure to do so will result in fines or a code enforcement hearing.

    July 14th, 2012:
    large mound of asphalt is still sitting there on their property on Nine Mile Road, un-changed.

    Yes Mr Robertson, lets keep it going.

  • jeeperman July 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Oct. 6th, 2011……….Wilson Robertson said:
    “But I am a citizen of this county, and I have a lot of
    friends, and the day I cannot be put down as a reference is the day I don’t need to be a commissioner.”

    At the next commission meeting, Robertson went along with a 4-0 vote to implement a new county policy that says commissioners can no longer be cited as references.

    Despite that earlier statement, Robertson did not step down as a commissioner at the meeting after approving the policy that prohibits him from being a reference.

    He is now running for re-election to the office he said he no longer needs to be in.

    Yes Mr Robertson, lets keep it going.

  • Jazz July 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    I just want to know what “he wants to keep going”. I haven’t seen a thing from this career politician!!

  • bubbaz July 14, 2012 at 9:12 am

    riddle me this – what value is there in institutional knowledge of a dysfunctional institution?

    First right answer gets a free truckload of asphalt.

  • Scott Soenksen July 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    A qualification for any representative is not “experience”, it is character and a servant’s heart.
    Sixteen years for Robertson as a representative is nothing to boast about. It says that he is too far removed to identify with those he is representing. He isn’t living “on the ground” with the electorate in the environment that he has helped to create.
    Politics was never meant to be a career, it was to be a short term thing and then “go back home.”
    The county needs a “business builder” to represent them, not someone who wants to “capp off a career.”

    Enough of this mentallity that Escambia County can only survive on tourism! It is this narrative that the “old boys club” uses to spend tax payer dollars on their pet projects.
    Hey, Commission! THIS IS NOT YOUR PLAYGROUND!!
    When are the locals going to be catered to? When are such things as manufacturing/warehousing going to occur in Pensacola?

    Is it any wonder why Escambia is the poorest county in the state? Is it any wonder why Pensacola appears prosperous, but isn’t?
    “Keep it going” is Robertson’s slogan. But Escambia County hasn’t been “going” anywhere.
    I’m for Jesse Casey Dist 1!