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7/21/2012



Republicans

District 1

Michael F. Browning

Age: 61

Residence: Glynn County

In Glynn County: 61

Occupation: Construction project manager

Relationship status: Married, one child

Veteran: Army Vietnam; Florida Army National Guard

Education: Journeyman pipefitter; bachelor's degree in construction and labor.

Church or civic memberships: Golden Isles Career Academy; Altamaha Technical College; Georgia Construction Industry Licensing Board; Woodmen of the World; Veterans Council of the Golden Isles

Achievements: Glynn County Veteran of the Year Award; American Patriot Award; V.F.W. Past Commander Award; Veterans Council Past Chairman Award

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

Trust and accountability of our locally elected officials is at the top of the list of those I have spoken with in District 1.

People feel their taxes, and particularly the SPLOSTs, have been grossly mismanaged and that no one cares about delivering basic services to their neighborhoods.

I, as a commissioner, will ask the entire commission to perform a top down review of the entire Glynn County government, including staffing, operations, infrastructure and property, fiscal issues and services.

Due to the economy, this new commission needs to know more about the Glynn County government than any commission before it. We can and should do this with transparency. This should be about informing the citizens of Glynn County as much as informing the sitting commissioners. I want to reinforce to the public, the commission and the county staff and employees that the public is priority No. 1.

As elected officials, we must be responsive to our community. We do that by being the best stewards of the taxes and fees the county collects and that we are sure the county is operating at maximum efficiency in delivering services to the community.

Once we arrive at a point where we know and the public knows how their government is operating, and that it is operating and delivering basic services in a fiscally responsible manner, then the public will have trust in their government again. I will make open government, accountability and fiscal responsibility my goals as a commissioner.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office.

I have a history of volunteering to serve beginning with the U.S. Army, next for service in Vietnam then the National Guard.

I served as a technical advisor for Vo-Tech programs at Brunswick High, Coastal Georgia Community College, Golden Isles Career Academy and Altamaha Technical College.

I have served as a veterans advocate for 15 years and have held many elected offices with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and The Veterans Council, serving as chair for 10 years. My education includes a four-year pipefitter apprenticeship and a college bachelors degree.

Professionally, I have worked in industrial construction as a project manager for 39 years.

Excellent budget management is my key to success. As a native of Glynn and one who cares about my community and neighbors, I feel now is the time for me to step up to the plate once again and serve my community.

Clifford Adams

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Republicans

District 5

Anna Ferguson Hall

Age: 28

Residence: Brunswick

In Glynn County: five years

Occupation: Communications Specialist for the Jekyll Island Authority; freelance community writer

Relationship status: Married

Education: Master's degree of journalism from the University of Georgia; bachelors degree of journalism from the University of Georgia

Church or civic memberships: Founded Golden Isles Public Relations and Social Media Summit Group; Chamber of Commerce; Public Relations Society of America; University of Georgia Alumni Association

Achievements: Reporting awards from Georgia and Virginia press associations; UGA Alumni Association 40 under 40 nominee



What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

There has been talk -- for years -- about consolidation between the city and county government.

I stand that I am not a politician; I am a communicator. Regarding the issue of consolidation, communication is at the heart of this issue.

My major platform is to enlist greater communication between the city and county government. By that, I propose we begin monthly work session round-table meetings between these two entities.

During these monthly meetings, the two governments will discuss what is working, why it is working and how we can continue that positive momentum. We also will discuss what is not working, why it is not working and how we can repair it. As well, these sessions will allow us to talk about the issues revolving around both segments of the community.

Before we can even begin talking about consolidation, we need to first begin talking, openly, honestly and without egos.

My second platform is creating tax incentives to energize the small business market, but also keep in mind the larger industries we need to create jobs and fuel the local economy. Tax incentives need to be instated to both sectors of industry, so that small, locally-owned companies can thrive alongside larger, nationally-based industries.

All citizens are for smaller government, lower taxes and transparency. That is a given. Let's move beyond this simple fact, and address the detailed, underlying issues within our community.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

After being a community reporter for nearly a decade, a majority of which was spent covering government and community issues here in Glynn County, I have had the distinct privilege and unique opportunity to have a deep look inside not only our systems of government, but also our community.

I understand both sides of the issues: where the government is coming from and what the people want.

My experience as a communicator will be essential to the next four years of our county government as we move into a healthier economy and more developed Golden Isles landscape. Not only talking, but talking honestly and openly, as well as listening effectively, will be keys to building a strong future for Glynn County.

This is a skill set I have trained for 10 years. I know I can bring a fresh, energized and educated viewpoint and voice to this county commission.

Robbie Tucker

Age: 39

In Glynn County: 39 years

Relationship status: Single, one child

Education: High school, EMT certificate

Church or civic memberships: First Baptist Church of Brunswick

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

The No. 1 issue is revenue. Bringing expenditures into balance with receipts while providing necessary services to our citizens. We've got to create jobs, and I will support the small businesses, whether it's a car wash to a convenience store to a lawn service. We need new businesses and to keep the established ones.

We have got to keep jobs for the men and women of our community. We've got kids to raise.

What makes you the best qualified candidate or office?

I feel like my experience in business and being a life-long citizen and taxpayer will help me communicate with whatever happens in this district. I will also get an answer to every question asked. I will follow up on all problems, won't take 'no' for an answer. I'm ambitious and will make sure all are treated equal.

I will stand up for the rights of individuals. I am not obligated to any person or group. I have our citizens' best interests at heart.

Tashawnta Wells  

Age: 29

Residence: Brunswick

In Glynn County: 29 years

Occupation: Administrative assistant, Habitat for Humanity of Glynn County

Relationship status: Single

Education: Bachelor's degree

Church or civic memberships: Greater Dimension Christian Fellowship; Coastal Republican Woman

 

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

The No. 1 issue is fiscal responsibility.

During these tough economic times, people are hurting. With real unemployment approaching 20 percent, foreclosures at an all time high, particularly in Georgia, and 1/3 of the mortgages in the country upside down, people are making tough personal choices and fighting to balance their personal budgets. Businesses are in a defensive posture, conserving cash and cutting back just to stay afloat.

Our Glynn County government must be willing to do the same thing.

I plan to go through the budget with a fine tooth comb. I am aware that the newly approved budget is a balanced budget. However, the current board of commissioners included a small property tax increase in that budget plan, while sitting on a General Fund surplus of some $53 million, with approximately $18 million of that reserve totally unallocated.

I believe that the constitutional officials in Glynn County need to be held responsible for their budgets. The sheriff has consistently run on an annual budget in excess of $10 million, and the district attorney's budget was increased in this budget cycle, while other departments were required to cut their budgets.

I believe that we need to take a look at the other constitutional offices to ensure that they are responding to the requirement that we reduce our overall county budget as we move into the next couple of years.

 

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

My love for the city of Brunswick is unmeasurable.

The people of District 5 need someone who will aggressively represent their interests at the county level. While I love the city of Brunswick, I also recognize that in order for Glynn County to realize its full potential, it will take a cooperative effort by both the city commission and the Glynn County Commission to achieve the goals that I believe are already documented and detailed in the respective Comprehensive Plans for the city and the county.

I hope to leverage the good relationships that I have already established with some of the members of each of the respective bodies to foster that cooperation.

I believe my youth and enthusiasm for positive results will be an asset which will enable me to achieve a smooth transition to public service.

Democrats

District 5

Allen Booker

Age: 49

Residence: Brunswick

In Glynn County: 49

Occupation: Brunswick Job Corps/World Insurance Services

Relationship status: Married, one child

Education: Candidate for bachelor of science in business administration, Troy University

Church or civic memberships: Kingdom Builder Church of Brunswick.

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to tackle/resolve that issue?

The No. 1 issue facing the office I am seeking is improving job creation in my district and the county as a whole.

I think that we can develop an economic environment that is sustaining long term and includes opportunities for all who desire to work in our county. While my district was probably the hardest hit by the recession in the county, I believe that we have a number of community assets that we can tap into for revitalizing our most depressed areas of our community and thereby lift the entire county economy, because I believe "you're are only as strong as your weakest link."

I think by helping existing businesses expand what they are doing well, we can create more employment opportunities.

Also, my district is rich in historical sites that can be used to attract more of the tourist dollars, which is a major part of our local economy.

Finally, we can assemble resources for more affordable housing development. While growth in single-family construction is greatly desired, more affordable rental units will be needed because of the new credit requirements by lenders due to the housing bubble burst.

I believe we can create an infrastructure for economic expansion by encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit that I see in my district every day, and this will continue to bring about the kind of family oriented community we have in our beloved Glynn County.

 

SNbSWhat makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

I believe I am uniquely qualified to represent my district because I have grown up in it all my life and worked to assist many families over the past 25 plus years.

As executive director of a local nonprofit youth organization during the '90s, I have helped to find summer jobs for many low-income youth.

As a housing consultant for a local community development corporation, I have helped several working class families qualify for low interest mortgages to buy or build their own homes.

I have many years of experience in bringing public and private partners together to help families in my district as well as my county.

As an experienced grant writer, I know where sources of funding are for the kinds of economic development we need in my district. I have been a community servant for many years, and this has prepared me to be a better public servant for my district.

Gary Cook Sr.

Age: 53

Residence: Brunswick

In Glynn County: 50 years

Occupation: Mr. Clean Autocare

Relationship status:  Single

Education: Some college,  Clayton State and Brewton Parker, theology and substance abuse training

Church or civic memberships: Abundant Life Fellowship; past member of Glynn County Commission on Children and Youth; Alcohol and Drug Council; Street Marchers of Georgia; Salvation Army

Achievements: Volunteer of the Year Award, Glynn County Commission on Children and Youth; Georgia School on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention and Intervention Studies Award; Volunteer Award from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority; Community Service Award, Stop the Violence Face the Music Society

What is the no. 1 Issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to tackle/resolve that issue?

I feel the No. 1 issue is representation of the district.

When elected, I will continue to discuss the importance with the other commissioners that we all are elected to represent all of Glynn County, not just the island and the north end.

It seems to me that this commission, as it sits, refuses to understand that the south  part of the county that covers the city has four county commissioners - District 5, District 4 and two at large. Yet the one major park, Selden Park, gets nothing while North Glynn gets everything.

I feel we must work together to support the county, county-wide. We must have an open government. I feel that we can gain a lot with public input. Is all we want to gain is their vote? If so, we will always have problems. Let the legal department protect us as a government and let the public protect their interest.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

My will to fight and protect people's rights.

I am concerned about the poor as well as the rich.

I have sued the city for illegal meetings, and I will always believe in open government. I can work with people. I know how to sit down at a table and get things done if that's what the intent is.

I have the will to go corner to corner, to work for the people. I am not afraid to stand up for the rights of people. I'm not just a pop up candidate, and it's not about power for me.

I've been in this fight for a long time, so let a fighter fight for you -- someone who will not speak without searching the record.

I feel the way to get into trouble in government is to go with what you think is right, and not with what's right.

Republicans

At-large Post 2

Robert (Bob) L. Coleman (i)

Age: 62

Residence: Glynn County

In Glynn County: 62 years

Occupation: Owner/operator of Coleman Insurance Agent, Inc.

Relationship status: Married, four children

Veteran: Georgia National Guard

Education: Associate of science, Brunswick Junior College; Life Underwriters Training Council graduate; certified county commissioner, ACCG/Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Church or civic memberships: Norwich Baptist Church; Belle Point Homeowners Association director and past president.

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

The No. 1 issue confronting our county government is the ability to continue to provide the essential services and protections given the realistic budget constraints that exist today.

In my campaign literature in the 2008 race, I detailed what I believed would be a very difficult time economically for the ensuing four years.

My opponents at the time suggested that we were at the beginning of a recovery. I believe that 2013 will continue to be a very difficult time for the entire country, as well as Glynn County.

If the federal government continues uncontrolled spending and borrowing 40 cents for every dollar spent, we could face even harder times ahead, which will affect us at the local level.

Given the advantage of a large surplus in our operating fund, I believe that our commission has not been as vigilant as it should have been in past fiscal matters, and I believe that we have been lulled into a false sense of comfort that we can no longer afford.

I believe that we must increase our scrutiny of the departmental budget submissions and that our most critical financial decisions are still in the future.

 

 What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

 I have the prior experience of being on the commission for the past four years, and I know how our county government functions.

I have maintained my independence from any outside influences, and I have honestly and ethically performed my duties at all times.

I believe that with the difficult times ahead, it will be a significant benefit to the people of Glynn County to maintain a level of experience on the commission that will foster more efficient and more effective decision-making and leadership.

In addition, my experience on the Joint Water and Sewer Commission for the past two years will be invaluable as that governmental authority transitions to a new form of board leadership after the changes are implemented in January of 2013.

David J. Breland

Age: 40

Residence: Glynn County

In Glynn County: 40 years

Occupation: Former Glynn County firefighter, owner/ operator of Breland Electronics and automotive

Relationship status: Single, two children

Education: Glynn Academy high school

Achievements: Firefighter of the Year, 1992, 1998

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

I think the biggest issue facing the office of county commissioner is to regain the trust of the citizens of Glynn County.

I will do with whatever means are available to me my part to make sure that happens.

The main way to accomplish this task is to balance budgets without raising taxes and without any SPLOST. It can be done if the wasteful day-to-day spending gets a more watchful eye on it, therefore reducing it.

Also, until the economy does turn around, put any unnecessary projects on hold. If we do not absolutely have to have it, wait until we do have the money available to complete the project. We need to keep as much money as we can local by spending local. This will help our local economy rebuild.

Another very important way to regain trust is to make sure that every resident of Glynn County is informed and knows what is happening within the county and what we as commissioners are doing. This can be accomplished by utilizing media outlets and the Internet. The county should have a page on its website that residents can go to and see what the commissioners are doing and how money is being spent. This has to be done without any cover ups and be accurate. Personally, I would like to establish my own website that would provide all of this information and have straw polls for the residents to vote on any large or controversial items.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

I am the best candidate for the office that I am seeking because I will bring common sense to the commission.

Working for Glynn County over the years, I have seen first hand how wrong and wasteful it has been operating. Also as a past employee of Glynn County, I know that one of the biggest assets is the employees. I will bring to the table several ways of improvement for employees that will not cost one dime. This will in turn have a positive effect on the employees to which they will perform their jobs more effectively and more efficiently. This in turn will save money and retain quality employees.

If elected, everyone in Glynn County will know what decisions are being made and how their money is being spent.

Joyce Crosby-DeLoach

Age: 61

Residence: Glynn County

In Glynn County: 61 years

Occupation: Retired Glynn County employee, part-time paralegal

Relationship status: Married, two daughters, three step-daughters, six grandchildren

Education: High school, 18-month paralegal program

Achievements: Served on Glynn County Personnel Committee; served on Glynn County Employee Recognition Committee; served on Glynn County Pension Committee; former vice president of the Family Support Group for 224th Georgia Air National Guard

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

Overspending. The overspending in the county has resulted in increased taxation. As an initial step in the process, I would propose changing the method in which a department prepares its budget. Most departments that I am familiar with will either increase, decrease or have a line item remain the same (particularly operating costs) from one year to the next.

I propose that each department start with a zero budget and thoroughly look at each line item to see what areas can actually be decreased. The private sector has had to make cuts, and the county government should operate on the same principle.

I am not for anyone losing a job, but if there is waste in the system, that needs to be looked at as well. The county is required to provide financial assistance to the judicial offices; however, I would encourage meetings with those offices during budget time to request their support in implementing the same budget method, i.e. starting with a zero budget.

I would also propose that a priority list (not a wish list) of captial projects be prepared. This list should include needed projects such as drainage, roadways, etc.

If I am elected as county commissioner, I will not look to the taxpayers for more money to finance unneeded expenditures. If you have had enough, elect Joyce as your choice.

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

Serving over half of my life in county government qualifies me as the best candidate for this office. I have been on the inside for 35 years and have had hands on experience.

I know the county government and how it works. I saw government waste but had no voice. Now, I am running for commissioner at large post 2 to have a voice and let my experience work for the citizens of Glynn County.

I am a Glynn County native. This is my home. I have a vested interest. I have raised my family here, and I want my grandchildren to be able to live and work here if that is what they so choose. I would like to serve the fine citizens of Glynn County in anticipation of making it a better tomorrow so that their children and grandchildren have the same choice.

John A. Terris Sr.

Age: 64

Residence: Glynn County

In Glynn County: 20 years

Occupation: Accountant, tax professional, Padgett Business Services

Relationship status: Married, two children

Veteran: Air Force, Vietnam

Education: Bachelor of science in business administration, Brenau  College

Church or civic memberships: Golden Isles Church of God

Achievements: Two meritorious service medals; three  Air Force Commendation medals

 

What is the No. 1 issue facing the office you are seeking and how do you propose to resolve that issue?

I think the No. 1 issue is the cost of county government.

The county government, since the loss of SPLOST dollars, is having difficulty in obtaining a balanced budget. They are finally faced with the reality of what they are and have been spending.

There are many facets to this problem. I think we need to work with the county administrator in the possible downsizing of some of the departments within the county.

Also, I think we need to look at the number and cost of running all the county properties. We need to take a look at the physical properties and their utilization and see if we can just cut them loose or combine the operations with other buildings and departments. County commissions have come and gone, but the one thing in common has been the staff. We need to look at the quality of the staff and their recommendations. Is this why we need to spend so much on consultants?

 

What makes you the best qualified candidate for office?

I have many years as a leader in different positions and jobs throughout my life. In my last duty title in the Air Force, 1st sergeant, I was in charge of approximately 300 people, as well as buildings and budgets.

I have been in the business of assisting many different types of businesses in this county for 20 years. I have guided businesses with their development, budgets and taxes. I have been fortunate in bringing divergent views together to solve problems and disagreements.

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