(In the fourth and final installment of a weekly series, Seat 5 challenger Robin Beaton hopes to unseat Stephen O. Hart in the Municipal Super Tuesday on April 13.) KEYSTONE HIEGHTS – …
(In the fourth and final installment of a weekly series, Seat 5 challenger Robin Beaton hopes to unseat Stephen O. Hart in the Municipal Super Tuesday on April 13.)
KEYSTONE HIEGHTS – Robin Beaton is running for a seat on the Keystone Heights City Council. She has not previously held office, but as far as she is concerned, that won’t stop her from winning a seat and helping to do what she thinks is best for the small city. The 58-year-old retiree, is excited about the prospect of winning.
The Pittsburgh native has been a resident of Keystone Heights since 1996.
“I’ve always wanted to be involved at this level,” Beaton said, “but it just didn’t seem like the right time until now.”
She and her husband retired and took some time to travel and spend with family before she decided to go ahead and run for office. Despite being a political neophyte, Beaton is confident and feels like now is the time for her to have success.
“I think we need change in Keystone Heights,” she said. “I think we need some new ideas and to get some new people in.”
In terms of her main stances as a candidate, Beaton echoes sentiments shared by others. She thinks it’s very important to maintain a small-town focus and not lose what makes Keystone Heights special. She also believes that there needs to be a bigger focus on working with the junior high and high school children, giving them more things to do.
“These kids need outlets, they need guidance, they need supervision,” she said. “We have a lot of seniors in this community. They need help. Maybe we could couple the kids with them to help with the needs of the community.” Beaton would like to work with the school board to try and create an opportunity for children working with seniors to count towards community service hours for graduation. She also would like to emulate Green Cove Springs and bring in Food Truck Fridays. Beaton’s focus is not on the politics; it’s on helping to make life in Keystone Heights the best it can be.
“I’m not a politician. I’m just a person that lives in this community, loves this community and is very invested in this community,” said Beaton. “I’ve raised my kids here; my granddaughter and my daughter still live here. We’re going to see a lot of change here in Keystone in the next couple of years. How are we as Keystone Heights going to manage that?”
Just fine if Robin Beaton has anything to say about it.