Most of the men running for three contested posts on the Twiggs County Commission say they hope to turn their county around.
They want to improve education, attract industry and revive the economy in a long-struggling pocket of the midstate that is home to about 9,000 residents.
Brett Cummings, running against longtime District 1 incumbent Tommie Lee Bryant, said, We dont have a taxing problem. We have a spending problem.
Cummings, a political newcomer promoting character and fiscal responsiblity, said his chances to win are slim, but that he cant stand seeing the county borrowing money to pay their bills and commissioners arguing among themselves.
Bryant, who has been in office since the 1980s, declined to talk to The Telegraph about the race.
In the race for the commission chairmanship, Republican Glen Christopher said he wants to balance the countys budget, trim taxes and slash wasteful spending ... and bring Twiggs County up to the 21st century.
Christopher said he hopes to encourage more of a family environment with more festivals and strengthening education will make people want to live in Twiggs.
Ken Fowler, the Democratic candidate up for the chairmans seat, said, The main thing I see needing addressing is ... people knowing where their tax moneys going. ... And running things honest and fair.
Fowler said hed like to see more jobs for locals.
We need something to come to this county that will put the people in Twiggs County to work, he said, where they wont have to go out of this county.
The Twiggs District 4 contest pits Democrat Steve Birdsong against Republican Donald Watson.
Birdsong, the son of noted late Georgia legislator Ken Birdsong, said that if elected, he would try to live up to his fathers legacy.
I want to follow in my daddys footsteps and get things done, he said. Im just trying to live up to his legacy.
Birdsong said he isnt out to win the $6,000-a-year job for the paycheck. He wants to get roads paved and grass cut, fix the budget, bring in business and see to it that students are job-ready when they graduate.
Watson meanwhile, noting his dozen years of past experience as a commissioner and an open-door policy, said, I think I probably have a good knowledge of how to get things done.
Watson opposes expansion of the Wolf Creek Landfill and says the most pressing issue is the county debt and its high millage rate.
Its in desperate financial condition, he said.
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397.