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Dis­trict 5 Board of Com­mis­sion­ers (R)

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Age: 74

Plat­form: Im­proved co­op­er­a­tion within county and larger community, bal­anced bud­get, im­proved work­force

Cur­rent pro­fes­sion: Re­tired

Quote: “I feel we need to get to more of a co­op­er­a­tive phase in our county, like we have had in the past. We need to have less par­ti­san­ship, less per­sonal agenda,” Dims­dale said. “We all re­ally need to fo­cus on what’s best for the community. We can do that by work­ing to­gether. We have enough is­sues fac­ing us to ab­sorb our time with­out hav­ing all of these pe­riph­eral things go­ing on.” Ques­tion: You have been a county com­mis­sioner pre­vi­ously, but were not re-elected the last time in Dis­trict 2. Why should Repub­li­can vot­ers of Dis­trict 5 choose you to rep­re­sent them in a new dis­trict?

An­swer: The vot­ers should be com­fort­able choos­ing me for the very rea­son that I lost that elec­tion. That rea­son is in­tegrity. A per­son wanted me to vote on an is­sue in a way that was con­trary to the best in­ter­est of the county and my con­science. It was strongly im­plied that if I didn’t go along, op­po­si­tion would be mounted against me in the up­com­ing elec­tion. I voted my con­science. When elec­tion time came, a group of de­vel­op­ers, builders and money peo­ple gave aid to my Repub­li­can op­po­si­tion. In the Repub­li­can pri­mary, the vot­ers elected me by a com­fort­able mar­gin. Then that group sup­ported the Demo­crat in the gen­eral elec­tion. They spent more money in that con­test than has ever been spent by a can­di­date for dis­trict com­mis­sion in New­ton County as far back as I know. This was not done to elect a par­tic­u­lar per­son, but to get rid of some­one who they couldn’t con­trol. My Chris­tian ethics and in­tegrity are pri­mary in my life. I will not trade them away for money or po­lit­i­cal sup­port.

Contact: not­damama@att.net; (770) 786-4687; (770) 542-7659 cell

Age: 40

Plat­form: Pro­mote job growth and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, help small busi­nesses, re­main fis­cally con­ser­va­tive

Cur­rent pro­fes­sion: Han­dles sales, mar­ket­ing and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment for lo­cal metal re­cy­cling com­pany LB Re­cy­cling

Quote: “I’m a new player with a fresh, en­er­getic per­spec­tive to pur­sue community needs. I don’t have a grudge (against any­one) nor close friends (who are of­fi­cials). I have no pre­con­ceived no­tions about how need to run busi­ness, Mad­dox said Fri­day. “All I have is a back bench per­spec­tive that tells me some sub­jects need to have a much more thor­ough study and re­view.” Ques­tion: You have never held a po­lit­i­cal of­fice be­fore. Why should Repub­li­can vot­ers choose you to rep­re­sent them in a new dis­trict?

An­swer: Hav­ing never held a po­lit­i­cal of­fice is an ad­van­tage — I can han­dle is­sues/ques­tions/chal­lenges and give an­swers with a more open, hon­est ap­proach, with no pre­con­ceived no­tions what-so-ever and put the “community first.” I’d also like to point out that I’m look­ing to be a pub­lic ser­vant, not a politi­cian. There is truly a dif­fer­ence in the eyes of the community. My 18 year mix of ex­pe­ri­ence in the cor­po­rate and lo­cal busi­ness world has pre­pared me very well for the role of a com­mis­sioner. The peo­ple need a new voice that’ll lis­ten to them and ap­proach mat­ters with hon­esty and en­ergy. I humbly ask the cit­i­zens to vote for Le­vie Mad­dox as that new voice.

Contact: leviemad­dox@gmail.com; (770) 595-3179

Ron­nie Dims­dale

Le­vie Mad­dox

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