Candidate questionnaire: James Beckert

info@islandpacket.comOctober 22, 2012 

Name: James Beckert

Age: 51

Office: Beaufort County Board of Education, District 4

Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 16 years

Family: Wife Christy, two children in Beaufort County schools

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati

Current occupation/employer: Founder and business manager of a family owned business, Pinpoint Document Solutions Inc.

Employment, military and volunteer history: Director of human resources, Beaufort Memorial Hospital; manager of human resources, student recruitment and job placement, Cincinnati Job Corp.; retired U.S. Army Reserve officer; parent leader, Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts for seven years and counting; member St. Peter's Catholic Church

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

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

Other prior political and government experience: None

Key endorsements you've received: No response provided

Total contributions: $400 as of Oct. 21

Total expenditures: None as of Oct. 21

Biggest contributor: Gene Grace, $200; Frank Gibson, Lynn Sheanshang, Jill Merchant and self, $50 each

Why should people vote for you?

I have:

  • Built a successful family business, hired employees, managed facilities/ assets, expanded product lines and developed customers.

  • Developed budgets, adjusted priorities to meet customers' needs to build the business.

  • Faced hard economic times, sought the advice of business leaders to adapt the business, reduced expenses, managed product lines, developed risk-management plans, and worked even closer with customers to build and keep good customer relations.

  • Extensive experience and insight managing human resource departments dealing with all levels of management and staff on matters of personnel, employment, recruiting, training, salary/benefit administration, employee relations, employment issues, policy development and implementation.

  • A schedule that allows me the flexibility to commit the time required to do the job.

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

  • Selecting a new superintendent with leadership traits to face the challenges of building community and employee trust and confidence.

  • Improve academic results with the assets we currently have in our community, while living within our means.

  • Develop meaningful school choice for parents to select an educational program that best fits the teaching needs of their children.

  • What other issues do you see as important?

  • Board and district administration accountability/transparency.

  • Providing accurate information to the public in a timely manner.

  • School attendance lines.

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

    I expect the district to provide timely, understandable, accurate and complete answers to the board and general public. I would hold district leaders accountable for those answers. The board should provide leadership and oversight to the district, ensuring they are conducting business reasonably.

    Have you ever been convicted of a crime, 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 yourself that voters would be interested in knowing?

  • Boy Scouting takes a large part of my free time. I see huge, lifelong value for scouts that state the promise for themselves and learn about leadership, while having fun outdoors.

  • I have a lifelong passion of coin collecting and enjoy helping others understand the value of coins they have.

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