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Long commissioner candidates speak out
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The Long County Chamber of Commerce held a “Meet the Candidates” forum at Long County High School. This is the second installment in a two-part series on each candidate present at the forum.
The first article contained information about sheriff and tax commissioner candidates.  

Commissioner’s Races

District #1 Beard’s Creek Commissioner
Marty Adams

Adams has resided in Long County since 1975 and has been an employee at the Liberty County Sheriff’s Department for twenty years. He raised his three daughters in the area, and all three attended schools in Long County. Adams, who says he is Christian, will be retiring from the LCSD in three years.  Adams has never been involved in Long County politics but, as a result of the growth, wants to enter now.
 “It is about the county, not a ‘me’ thing, but an ‘us’ thing,” said Adams of his campaign.

David Richardson (was not at the forum)

District #2 Rye Patch/Oak Dale Commissioner
Arthur Davis

Davis he has lived in Long County for 20 years, and served as a member of the Long County Board of Education for four years. As a board member, Richardson has experience dealing with people, working with a plan, and in coordinating the construction of a new school building.
As a commissioner, Davis said he would like to establish a paid fire department, bring more business into the area and encourage more dialogue between the City of Ludowici and the county.
 “I think Long County is on the verge of being one of the greatest counties in the state,” Davis said.

Jacob Pitts
Pitts is a life-long resident of Long County. Some of his goals are to promote more industry, more jobs, attract more military from Fort Stewart, and establish a jail in the county.
“I won’t say I’m the best man for the job, but I will say that I will give 100 percent to the job if I’m elected,” Pitts said.

Wallace Shaw
Shaw is a life-long resident of Long County and was a commissioner for District 2 from 2000-2004.
Shaw said that several projects being developed in the county now were started while he was a commissioner, and he would like to see them completed.
“All I can promise you, is that I will devote the time and energy that it takes to be in this office; I have the experience and I would like the opportunity to serve you again,” Shaw said.

Leslie Sutton
Sutton said that she is running for commissioner because she cares about the community. She also said that she is ready to listen to the people in the community, and see what she can do to get what they want done.
Some areas she will address if elected are roads, ditches, trash pick-up and pollution in the county.
“I am ready to try and make a difference in the county, and make some changes,” Sutton said.

Tim Works
Works has lived in the county since 1997. He is retired from the U.S. Army, was a general contractor, and owns Works Security.
Works feels he has the leadership and management skills to be a commissioner, and he wants to find new, innovative ways to bring additional revenue into the county.
“I plan on being in Long County for the rest of my life, and the county needs some one who can look at both the short-range and long-range goals of the county,” Works said.

District #3 South Ludowici Commissioner
Joel Andrew Fuller (was not at the forum and is unopposed)

District #4 North Ludowici Commissioner
Cliff DeLoach (incumbent and unopposed)

DeLoach, who will be serving his third term, said, “I’ve seen a lot of growth since I’ve been commissioner, and we’ve established a lot of new things in the Code Enforcement Office and the Planning and Zoning Board.
“We want growth,” he added, “but we want the right kind of growth. Choose your commissioner wisely”.

District #5 Tibet Commissioner
Amy Davis Nutting (was not at the forum)

Robert Charles Walker
Walker is retired from the U.S. Coast Guard and says he has always considered Long County home.
He is an engineer, and has attended several schools during his time in the service.
“Two of the primary reasons I am running is to help the county’s development and to try to being in more industry,” Walker said.

Coroner’s Race
Emmett Patterson, Jr. (unopposed and did not attend the forum)

Clerk of Superior Court Race
Frank Middleton (incumbent and unopposed)

Middleton, who will be serving his third term, told the crowd of different tasks his office attends to, such as record keeping of civil, criminal, juvenile and real estate transactions.
“I thank the commissioners for their support, and I thank all of you for your support,” Middleton said.
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