It was a swing and a miss for Peach County Commissioner Michael Dinkins in his first run for a state seat last week.
Even though I didnt win, I still think I have a lot to offer here in Peach County, Dinkins said Friday. Im still energized.
Having already given up his county seat to run for state House of Representatives District 139, Dinkins said hes working on plans for after his commission term ends in December. All he knows is those plans will involve civil service, he said.
I see it as a way for upward mobility for everyone, Dinkins said of his interests in politics. No matter what we do, I have learned you have to interact with the political arena.
Dinkins lost the state House race to Patty James-Bentley and Thomas Coogle, who will face each other in a run off.
Betty C. Hill will replace Dinkins after beating fellow Democrat Kristie L. Kenney 358-340 Tuesday. Hill has no Republican opposition on the November ballot and is expected to take the Post 3 seat Jan. 1.
Shes a seasoned veteran in terms of working with people, Dinkins said. Shell do a good job to grow Peach County in a positive manner.
Dinkins said he wants Hill to take advantage of a district with a college -- Middle Georgia Technical College, a university -- Fort Valley State University, and a major employer -- Blue Bird Corp.
Were at a time when we need a lot of economic development, he said. Im hoping this district will be the place to springboard Peach County forward in terms of development.
Hill could not be reached for comment but said in an interview last month she aims to keep taxes low and develop a solution for residents who have told her their tap water isnt drinkable.
As Hill plans for her next four years, Dinkins said he will take the next 30 to 45 days to mull over his next steps.
Im still going to be involved somewhere, thats for sure, he said.
The Fort Valley native is a consultant for Taylor County schools by day, but its the political arena hes passionate about.
Dinkins said he doesnt have an ultimate goal.
I just want to be a public servant, Dinkins said. I see it as the best way I can help people.
To contact writer Christina M. Wright, call 256-9685.