Commissioner's Race 2018

The results for the 2018 Bullock County Commissioners election will roll in November 6.

 

This race will be vital in deciding the next budgeters for the county’s taxes, and directly decide the projects that will be put forth in the community.  

 

What are County Commissioners?

 

A county commission is a group  of elected officials charged with administering the county government in counties within the United States.

 

Georgia is the only state in which commissioners can be made up of one sole commissioner.

 

Commissioners ultimately act as the executives of a county’s local government, and such responsibilities include deciding the best use of citizens taxes.

 

Such projects that commissioners may use the such taxes on include financing local positions such as police officers and firefighters, and funding public works such as road matiences.


 

The Bulloch County Commissioners and the race


 

Bulloch County consists of a panel of seven men of Democratic and Republican political leans. The seats of each commissioner are made up of six-year staggered terms.

 

Current seats include:

 

  • Chairman Roy Thompson

  • Vice Chairman Ray Mosley

  • Anthony Simmons

  • Curt Deal

  • Walter Gibson

  • Jappy Stringer

  • Robert Rushing

 

For the 2018 election, seats B and D of district two are up for re-election. Seat B, which is up for re-election, currently belongs to Walter Gibson, a Republican. Carlos Brown, a Democrat is running against Gibson for the seat.

 

Brown was reached for comment but did not respond to emails or phone calls.

 

Seat D originally belonged to Robert Rushing, who is retiring. Timmy Rushing Sr. a Republican, and Carlos Brown, a Democrat are currently running for the seat.  

 

Robert Rushing and Timmy Rushing both were reached for comment but did not respond to emails or phone calls.

 

Patricia Lanier Jones, Bulloch County Election Supervisor, said that there’s been an increase in local voting compared to previous years, especially with early voting being held on the campus.

 

“The first year we had [early voting on campus], we had just over 300 voters." Jones said. “This year we’ve seen almost twice that already.”

 

Early voting on campus ended Friday, Oct. 26.

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