2008-07-09 / Community

A word from the candidates

To better acquaint the citizens of Colquitt and Miller County with the candidates, the Miller County Liberal offered all candidates the opportunity to answer two questions pertaining to the office they are seeking. The following candidates participated in

To better acquaint the citizens of Colquitt and Miller County with the candidates, the Miller County Liberal offered all candidates the opportunity to answer two questions pertaining to the office they are seeking. The following candidates participated in the questionnaire----

Rodney Bryan

Board of Education

District 1

Q. Why did you decide to run for Board of Education?

A. It was not an easy decision to make. I have been thinking about running for some time. I just grew tired for all the negative things about the school board and decided to give the people a chance for change. I truly love MCHS and want to help improve the school.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. To work hard with fellow board members for the children of this county. To seek input from people on decisions that need to be made. Using this information and with prayer, to make this the best school system in the state. Also, I will try to learn more about what funds are available, how to get these funds, and how to manage them wisely.

Allen Worsley

County Commissioner

District 3

Q. Why did you decide to run for county commissioner? The reason I ran for county commissioner was to strive to give all the people a voice. Not a few, but all! I have been accused of not being a team player; I take this as a compliment. I do not just go along with others but voice the opinions of my citizens. Representing the people is a huge responsibility, one I do not take lightly. These are the very backbone of our great country! They work hard, pay taxes and keep this county and country going. I realize everything is going up -- everything except our income! I continued my education through the University of Georgia and the Association of County Commissioners and after many hours of classes became a certified county commissioner in April of 2006. With DOT funding, I was instrumental in getting a bridge replaced that had been out for over a decade, resurfaced many roads that were filled with potholes and damage. Also, with the DNR, a subdivision was paved that flooded and was a hazard to its residents. I assisted with many county projects to try to improve our roads overall. I have served fairly and honestly.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. If I am reelected, I will continue to do my best to represent the people in my district. I will continue to fight tax increases, try to get industry in the county, so our families can work and not be forced to move to bigger cities to live and continue to seek federal and state monies to make improvements in this county and most of all to listen and give each one a voice! I cannot do this alone.

Wallace Phillips

County Commissioner

District 3 Q. Why did you decide to run for county commissioner?

A. It has always been my desire to run for public office and serve the people of the county that I was born, raised and live in. I have worked with the public most of my adult life and for over 28 of those years served as a forest ranger in Miller County. This has given me the experience to deal with the public and different situations that arise in the office of county commissioner.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. If elected, I intend to be fair and honest with everyone. I am committed to listening to your concerns and problems and finding a solution. It's important for the person elected to this office to remember that decisions made should be what is best for the people of Miller County.

David Givens

County Commissioner

District 3

Q. Why did you decide to run for county commissioner?

A. I have always been interested and concerned about our county. I am 100% committed to being accessible to all the citizens of our county, not only district three, at anytime. I intend to have a close working relationship with the other board members in order to do what is best for our county.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. If elected, I plan to make the right decisions based on the needs that will benefit everyone, not just a select few.

Randy Brown

Clerk of Court

Q. Why did you decide to run for clerk of superior court? To be a public servant for our community.

A. If elected, what are your plans for the clerk's office? I would continue with the good service and try to make the office more user friendly for the general public.

Gail Johnson

Clerk of Court

Q. Why did you decide to run for clerk of superior court?

A. I decided to run for clerk of superior court because of the experience I have for having worked in the office of the clerk of superior court. The clerk of superior court's office handles the filing of legal transactions for the people of this county, whether deeds, civil documents or criminal documents. Having lived in Miller County for 17 years and worked in the legal profession for 17 years, I have grown in my appreciation of the legal transactions which take place in the clerk's office. I want the people of Miller County, whom I have grown to know to have someone with experience in the officeof the clerk of superior court so that the quality of service being provided will continue to be provided.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for the clerk's office?

A. To continue to provide quality and courteous service for all of the people of Miller County in accordance with the duties as prescribed by law.

Jennifer Moore

Clerk of Court

Q. Why did you decide to run for clerk of court?

A. I am seeking the office of Clerk of Superior Court because I am a certified clerk of court. I love my hometown, Colquitt, GA, and have worked here for 13 years. I would like to take my experience and dedication to this officeso that I may serve the people of Miller County. I decided to run for this office because it would give me an opportunity of advancement, and to learn more about the county and its resources.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. If elected, I pledge to carry out the duties of clerk of superior court to the best of my ability. I will always put the citizens of Miller County first by treating them fair, with courtesy, and keeping their affairs confidential.

Kay Phillips Smith

Clerk of Court Q. Why did you decide to run for clerk of court?

A. It was something I had thought through the years while working at the sheriff's office since most of my job duties involved working closely with the clerk's office and court system. Now that Ms. Annie Laura decided to retire, I decided to run for the office. I also wanted an opportunity to serve the public in a different capacity other than from all the years that I have through the sheriff's department.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. To provide dedicated service to the public and insure that the clerk's office continues to run in an efficient and professional manner.

Thad Richardson Tax Commissioner Q. Why did you decide to run for tax commissioner?

A. The availability of this job coming forth and a desire to work in my home county. This job would give me the opportunity to use my computer degree and continue my previous 20 years management and business experience. I enjoy working with people, and I would appreciate the opportunity to serve the citizens of Miller County.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for the tax office?

A. I plan to run an efficient, open door office being confidential, courteous, friendly, and honest while providing good customer services to the people of Miller County.

Jennifer Williams

Tax Commissioner

Q. Why did you decide to run for tax commissioner?

A. I've been working as the tax commissioner's clerk for the past eight years. I enjoy my work, and I enjoy assisting people. I decided two years ago after hard work and dedication that if the opportunity ever came for me to run for tax commissioner, I would.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for the tax office?

A. My plans are to continue to uphold the highest standards of professionalism and commitment to customer service.

Bo Haywood

County Commissioner

District 5

Q. Why did you decide to run for county commissioner?

A. I decided to run for county commissioner because I am tired of not knowing what is going on in Miller County, and I know I can make a difference.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. To keep an open mind and manage the affairs of this office as if it was mine. Also to keep an open door policy and keep the people that elected me informed on what is going on in this county. After all, we are elected to serve the people, not our own private agenda.

Howard Small

County Commissioner

District 5

Q. Why did you decide to run for county commissioner?

A. I have no family in Miller County except my wife, one daughter, one son, and one granddaughter. I will do what I think is the right thing to do for Miller County, Colquitt and all of their families.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. I would love to be able to keep taxes where they are today, but everything we do at the county level costs more. We have a lot of state mandates that are beyond our control, and generally they mandate without funds, so Miller County taxpayers pick up the tabs. I will continue to support our public safety people, our EMS and our fire department. They do a great job and deserve our support.

Buddy Glass

Sheriff

Q. Why did you decide to run for sheriff?

A. I decided to seek reelection because I love the people of Miller County and love serving the people of Miller County. I bring many years of law enforcement experience to this office. I have served you, the citizens of Miller County, as a deputy for 18 years and as your sheriff for the past 12 years.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for the sheriff's department?

A. I plan to continue to run the sheriff's office in the most economical way possible to save tax money and give the citizens of Miller County the service and protection that they so rightfully deserve. I will continue to train the staff and myself to stay in compliance with Georgia and federal laws and make both the sheriff's office and 911 center departments that the citizens of Miller County will be proud of.

Gerald Jenkins

Sheriff

Q. Why did you decide to run for sheriff?

A. This is my county as well as yours and not being satisfied with the way the sheriff's department is being run, I offer myself to the job. Let me ask a few questions here. Why would a sheriff hire someone that has been closely related and associated with a known drug dealer? Why would so many good, well respected deputies leave the sheriff's department? Why would a sheriff's department not at least investigate when another good citizen tells them of suspected drug activity? Why would a sheriff fire a good deputy for arresting a certain drug dealer? Why would a sheriff try to influence a judge to get a criminal off with a light sentence for a very serious crime? One more thing, county vehicles are for county use only. It cost a lot to run these vehicles and more to run pickup trucks. I am tired of paying for the waste. I am not just beating my gums together. If I have said anything that needs to be proven, I can.

Q. If elected, what are your plans for this office?

A. My main goal is to rid Miller County of illegal drugs. Crime and rude behavior (can't stand rude behavior, won't tolerate it). I plan to purge the department of dishonesty, deceit, and corruption, and replace it with honesty and integrity, and being swift to act when needed. I plan to introduce programs such as P.R.I.D.E., SCAAP, CEDAP, and GOHS. These are all government sponsored programs to aid financially, and even offer hands-on workshops for small rural sheriff's departments. I also will keep myself educated to new ways to control crime and do it in a safe manner. I plan to work with the local police department, fire department, EMS, schools and civic leaders to enforce the law and turn this county around from being a "do what you want to and get by with it county." I plan to establish a new "Tip Line" where citizens can call in with information about suspected illegal activity. I will hold myself and all my deputies and staff accountable for doing what is right. I will not fire everyone now working at the sheriff's department as rumors have it. I will make some changes and hopefully for the good of Miller County, and yes, there will be some given the chance to resign or get fired. I will not let money influence me. I will not take bribes, and I will treat all people the same. I could go on and on, but there is no need. The voters here know what they want, and that's how they will vote. I have probably made myself some enemies here, but this is their choice. I choose not to have any enemies.

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