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Sims has been on the county plan­ning com­mis­sion for about a year, and he said that ex­pe­ri­ence com­bined with his construction back­ground give him a good per­spec­tive on how to help District 2 grow in a smart way.

“Smart Growth is a big is­sue for me. We need to keep money in­side the county. We have peo­ple who move here from the west, and they see all the signs in Rock­dale County, but they don’t know about the stores and restau­rants in Cov­ing­ton. We’re los­ing a lot of money to Rock­dale and Henry coun­ties,” he said. “We need to bring jobs to District 2. Hope­fully, the new Wal-Mart will help spur smart growth: good busi­nesses and fam­ily restau­rants.”

Sims said he sup­ports al­co­hol sales be­ing al­lowed in the county as long as the or­di­nance con­tains reg­u­la­tions that re­quire restau­rants to sell a cer­tain amount of food, to pre­vent the for­ma­tion of bars.

He said traf­fic and safety are two other im­por­tant is­sues in District 2. In­ter­sec- tions along Ga. High­way 212 and Salem Road have been im­proved by traf­fic sig­nals, but he said the in­ter­sec­tion of Ga. High­way 81 and the Cov­ing­ton By­pass Road re­mains a prob­lem.

From the safety side, Sims said Sher­iff Ezell Brown has made sig­nif­i­cant progress in trou­bled neigh­bor­hoods like The Si­los, and he looks for­ward to work­ing with Brown if elected.

He plans to take a sim­i­lar tack with ed­u­ca­tion, by get­ting in­volved with District 2 Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Mem­ber Ed­die John­son.

“I want to pro­vide more re­sources for the kids and the adults. Maybe we can pro­vide pro­grams in the new li­brary, classes for kids and life skills classes for adults, like check­book bal­anc­ing and ré­sumé build­ing,” Sims said. “I also want to ad­dress safety in­side of the schools, by work­ing with school sys­tem and the sher­iff to deal with the prob­lem of gangs in­side the schools.”

Sims grad­u­ated from New­ton County High School in 1993 and then en­listed in the United States Navy, serv­ing aboard the air­craft car­rier USS Abra­ham Lin­coln.

“I was un­sure of where I was headed. I wanted to view the world, and I knew I needed to grow up, be­cause I had a busi­nesses wait­ing for me when I got home. I learned to be a leader in the navy from day one at boot camp through the time I left,” he said.

Fol­low­ing his stint in the Navy, Sims earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from DeVry Uni­ver­sity, while work­ing as Pres­i­dent of Sims Ex­ca­vat­ing.

He is an ac­tive mem­ber in the Ro­tary Club, work­ing with com­mu­nity ser­vice and fundrais­ing projects, and the Mir­a­cle League Build­ing Com­mit­tee, which is work­ing to bring a spe­cial needs base­ball field to New­ton County.

“I want to bring ac­count­abil­ity to District 2. I want to lis­ten to peo­ple’s con­cerns and ei­ther make a de­ci­sion or bring the con­cern to some­one higher than me,” Sims said.

To learn more about Sims or help with his cam­paign con­tact David Soto at 770780-5515.

For­mer BOE mem­ber Ricky Cor­ley pre­vi­ously an­nounced he will for the District 2 BOC seat as a Repub­li­can, and the Demo­cratic in­cum­bent, Sim­mons, an­nounced he will seek re­elec­tion as well.

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