Local News

5/26/2012

Candidate runs for county commission

By LOUIE BROGDON

The Brunswick News

A Glynn County longshoreman has qualified to run as the District 1 representative on the Glynn County Commission.

Clifford Adams, 57, said he decided to take his first venture into politics after seeing the debates over the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 6, which was booted by voters in November.

Adams, who qualified Thursday as a Republican, was in the crowd that opposed SPLOST 6, but he said if managed properly, a 1 cent sales tax could do wonders for the community.

"I think it could be very useful if it's handled right. You just have to limit the number of projects you focus on," Adams said.

Adams spent 28 years working with Georgia Power and another 20 years in construction before he began part-time work with the International Longshoremen's Association Local No. 1863.

He said he has expertise dealing with infrastructure projects.

Adding a berth to the Georgia Ports Authority terminal on Colonel's Island is one project that would benefit the economy, he said.

"To create some jobs here, we could use another berth at Colonel's Island. Right now, we have three, but another (berth) would add another 100 or so jobs," Adams said.

Adams said he never thought he'd get into politics, but he wants to bring some order to county government and get spending under control.

"I'm not a politician, but I think I have more common sense than some of these who've been drinking the Kool-Aid," Adams said.

Commissioner Amy Callaway, the District 1 incumbent, is not seeking reelection.

Qualifying for partisan county elections was Wednesday through Friday.

Independents can qualify from July 30 to noon Aug. 3.