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Clyde Simpson
Clyde Simpson
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Clyde Simpson, 70, Monticello
Chairman of the Republican Party of Jefferson County

“It’s all about jobs. I’m a small businessperson from Monticello, Florida. Started my own business in 1996. It’s done very well. I do event hosting, I do meetings and weddings and parties and reunions and all kinds of things in a very small town, largely dependent on the population of Tallahassee to survive, to grow and the last three years has just been terrible. We’ve seen private events retreat, cut back to the bare essentials. People are just so unsure of their future and what lies ahead, by the same token, were unsure of what to do, we have not expanded, even though there were times we thought we needed to prepare for the future, but we just didn’t think we could afford it. We’ve reduced our number of employees simply because of cash flow, so all of these things being said, I’m very conscious of my costs and I’m very conscious of the revenues and there’s two things that are musts, they have to happen for a small business to survive and that’s either you raise income, or you lower expenses. You don’t go borrow money and create an additional expense. So, and the same thing applies to our government. We’ve got to reduce that debt.”

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