Stephen (Steve) A. Eagleton
Magistrate Court Putnam County
Stephen Eagleton is a rarity in Georgia political life. He is not beholden to the people with deep pockets who have an interest in controlling his vote. In fact, he refuses to accept any PAC money at all; and makes it clear that any donor who expects special treatment should give to his opponent…who has a long record of seeking and accepting several hundred thousand dollars to play that game.
Eagleton’s roots in politcal history are more than a century old. His great-grandfather was a doctor, and was a moving force in the development of St. Louis into a major city. His grandfather was an extraordinary lawyer who was a primary member of the prosecution team at the Nuremburg Trials and became a civic leader in post-war St. Louis. His father was a prominent physician and the team doctor for the Cardinals, while his dad’s brother, Thomas Eagleton, was one of Missouri’s greatest Senators. After receiving his Law Degree, Mr. Eagleton has continued the family tradition of service through his work in the legal field as a professional mediator, certified by the Federal Air Marshall Service and Department of Homeland Security. The public service aspect of this legacy forms the core of Stephen’s political philosophy. “Common sense and human decency, respect for all citizens, and intelligent moderation are the keys to effective government. Radical positions, shouting, opinions set in concrete, and especially corruption via money interests are the things that have dragged us down for too long. It’s time we transformed that unhealthy partisan way of governing into a more enlightened way forward”, Eagleton says.
Mr. Eagleton stresses in a strong and clear voice that both sides of the aisle have good ideas, and he is open about his view that the good of the people is far more important than the partisan aspect of politics that has produced such poison and gridlock for far too long. His thought process regarding legislation is: first, what is good for the people of the district, what is best for the state of Georgia and what is best for our children’s future.
He agrees with Right to Work. While much good stems from organized labor, and Mr. Eagleton supports unionization in general, a person should not be forced to join a union in order to hold a job. Unions, yes. Forced unions, no.
Tax Increment Financing. Mr. Eagleton supports the recruitment of new businesses which will provide good high paying jobs through the use of TIF. This being said, once again it must be stressed that common sense and the overall good of the community should be the guiding principles when negotiating tax breaks for companies.