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October 22, 2018

3/9/2018 3:40:00 PM
Randy Evans announces candidacy for commissioner
Randy Evans
Randy Evans

Randy Evans, a Jackson area building contractor, business owner, and former longtime school board member, has announced his candidacy for Jackson County Commissioner in the May 8 primary election. The current officeholder, Jerry Hall, is retiring at the end of his term.

Evans believes his many years of business experience and school board leadership qualify him to serve as a Jackson County Commissioner. "The job of commissioner is primarily the administration of the county business which includes overseeing a $30 million dollar budget," Evans states. "Four years ago, while working with the current county commissioners building the new terminal at the James A. Rhodes Airport, I realized that commissioner was a job to which I had something to offer. I saw it as a role I would enjoy as a way of giving back to this county.

At that time I decided I would seek the office when one of the current commissioners retired. That time has come and I now have the time available to give to the position."

Evans, a Republican, previously served four elected terms on the Jackson City School District Board of Education and was President of the JCSD Board of Education for 12 of those 16 years. During that time Evans helped oversee the district's $67 million dollar facilities project that resulted in building three new elementary schools, a new high school, and the remodeling of the former high school building into a middle school. Also during that time Evans assisted with the raising of private funds for the construction of Alumni Stadium. Evans is proud of the district's excellent facilities, continuing financial stability, strong and dedicated staff, and the fact that Jackson students continue to rank academically at the top of all schools in southeastern Ohio. Evans also served 11 years on the Buckeye Hills Career Center Board of Education and was President 8 years. During his service BHCC completed a $17 million dollar remodeling project at their facilities in Rio Grande. Evans is proud that the award-winning BHCC continues to be financially strong and ranks as the most successful career center in southeastern Ohio.

Evans began his career in business 35 years ago by founding Randy Evans Construction while also working at the Goodyear Atomic Plant in Piketon. In 1987 he developed the Evanswood subdivision and began construction of the seven custom-built homes there. In 2005 Randy Evans Construction was recognized as the SEORC Business of the Year by the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce. Today Randy Evans Construction still designs and builds custom homes for families, primarily in the Jackson area, and he is currently completing his fifth home in the Mountain Meadows subdivision. For the past 20 years his company has also contracted and completed many commercial construction projects in Jackson and surrounding counties. Previous commercial projects include the Rotary Club shelter house in Manpower Park, the Jackson County Water Company office, Oak Hill Banks-Jackson, the Franklin Valley Golf Club clubhouse, the Pike County Water Company office, the Mt. Zion Animal Clinic, Oak Hill Banks-Athens, Ohio State Highway Patrol CDL facility, the Jackson Child Development Center, the Buckeye Community Services office, the Franklin Township Garage, Vinton County ODOT Wash Bay and Garage, the Evans Center remodel, Family Health Center, Baxter's Harley Davidson Dealership-Bidwell, Family Oxygen-Athens, the Carlisle Centre, Rowdy's Smokehouse remodel, West Virginia Electric, McCarty Lane BMV complex, James A. Rhodes Airport Terminal, the Oak Hill High School Softball Complex, Buckeye Community Services Adult Workshop, the Gallipolis City Schools Shared Services transportation facility, and is currently completing an expansion project for the Valley View Medical Clinic of Jackson.

Twelve years ago Evans founded Evans Centers, LLC, purchasing the family owned Evans Center strip mall in Jackson and expanding that to 40 total units of retail, business, and residential leased spaces at various locations in Jackson County. Ten years ago Evans co-founded ONE-fit, a small fitness training facility, with his wife, a certified personal trainer. Five years ago Evans co-founded Rowdy's Smokehouse, a Jackson barbecue restaurant and catering business, which is successfully managed today by co-founder Nathan Kitts. The restaurant namesake Rowdy Kitts is Evans' 5-year-old grandson.

Randy Evans is a longtime member of Farm Bureau, a 37-year member of the Jackson Elks Lodge, a continuing financial supporter of 4-H, the Jackson County Fair, most area school programs, and many other civic and community activities. Evans is a lifetime Jackson County resident, born in Oak Hill and raised on a large family farm in Franklin Township. He now resides in Jackson with his wife Marlana who is a Health/PE teacher at Jackson Middle School. Evans has two grown daughters, Hannah Kitts and Holly Hickey, and has three young grandchildren, Addison Hickey, Ace Hickey, and Rowdy Kitts.

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