County Commission District 2
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.
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.