Knecht chosen to succeed Shook

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 05:00 AM

Dr. Andre Knecht, owner of Knecht Chiropractic Center and long-time member of the local Republican Party, has been selected to fill Linda Shook’s unexpired term in District 3 on the Lee County Board of Commissioners.

The executive committee of the Lee County Republican Party announced Knecht’s nomination Saturday after interviewing several candidates and voting Friday, according to GOP Chairman Charles Staley.

“He is a man of high moral standards, sound principles and good judgment,” Staley said. “As a small business owner, he understands the economic principles that need to be applied in achieving job growth and overall prosperity. Dr. Knecht is well qualified and prepared to serve District 3 and all of Lee County residents exceptionally well.” 

Knecht, who ran unsuccessfully for a commission seat in 2008, said he’s seen his patients struggle to make ends meet and wanted to make a difference for them.

“My main goal is to make Lee County as business friendly as possible and keeping taxes low,” he said. “I want to work with the city to spend money more effectively, efficiently and wisely.”

In 2008, Knecht was the sole candidate to sign a no-new tax pledge during the campaign. He said he would stick to his core conservative principles.

“One of our challenges will be to recruit new businesses and help them expand and employ workers,” he said.

Knecht said it will be hard to replace Shook, but he was looking forward to joining the board with its conservative majority.

Lee County Commissioner Chairman Charlie Parks called Knecht intelligent, well-researched and well spoken on many subjects.

“We are looking for a good person who is willing to give their time and selves to the betterment of Lee County,” Parks said. “And I think Andre will probably do that.”

Shook, former chairman of the board, announced her resignation during the board’s December meeting. She and her husband Steve moved to Nevada, where Linda Shook has taken a new job.

The commissioners are scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Lee County Government Center, located at 106 Hillcrest Drive. 

The board of commissioners will then accept the party’s nomination and swear in Knecht. Previously, the board of commissioners would vote to approve the nomination but that process was changed two years ago by a local state bill, Lee County Manager John Crumpton said previously.