County Com­mis­sion District 2

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Ray Bar­ber, In­cum­bent

As of press time on Mon­day, Feb. 22, the in­cum­bent Polk County Com­mis­sioner had not yet an­nounced whether he would seek a new term on the board af­ter his ex­pires at the end of this year. Since none of this is of­fi­cial un­til the be­gin­ning of March 7, we’ll keep you posted.

Charles (Chuck) Thax­ton

Rock­mart’s Chuck Thax­ton is seek­ing to try his hand at seek­ing lo­cal of­fice again, but this time in a dif­fer­ent area.

This na­tive of Rock­mart and grau­date of Rock­mart High School is a para­medic by day, and hopes to be a county com­mis­sioner in the com­ing year.

Thax­ton pre­vi­ously served on the Board of Education from 2008 to 2012.

“I’m a ci­ti­zen here and have been all my life, and I want to serve and try to make this a bet­ter place,” he said. “I have a real con­cern with pub­lic safety in the com­mu­nity, and I see the prob­lems first hand since this has been my ca­reer all my life.”

Wil­liam (Bill) Byrne

Bill Byrne, a Mor­gan Val­ley Road was orig­i­nally plan­ning to run and had filed a Dec­la­ra­tion of In­tent for the District 2 seat on the county com­mis­sion, but has since changed his mind and pulled out of the race.

Phillip Bent­ley

For­mer Polk County com­mis­sioner Phillip Bent­ley wants his job back on the board as he an­nounced his in­ten­tions to run again for of­fice.

Bent­ley sent in an an­nounce­ment to the Stan­dard Jour­nal on Feb. 15 in a brief state­ment stat­ing his in­ten­tions to seek the District 2 seat to try and un­seat Ray Bar­ber.

“I pledge to the cit­i­zens of our county to work to bring jobs to our county, re­duce spend­ing, and make Polk County’s govern­ment more ef­fi­cient, more re­spon­sive, and less in­tru­sive into the lives of its cit­i­zens,” Bent­ley said in the state­ment.

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