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Tight race seen for Chairmanship of Worth Commission

July 12, 2004

Worth County-- There's a battle going on in Worth County between the county commission chairman and a former commissioner. Dan Miller is being challenged by Buford Kennedy.

Buford Kennedy is a candidate who believes in "Taking care of business." Kennedy, a former Worth County School board member and former vice chairman of the Worth County Commission-- says his hands on approach to government will make him an effective county Chair. "A person-- if he has problem the Commissioner should take care of him. They should go out there and look, at least try to fix it," says Kennedy.

Kennedy is a retired Contractor who decided to re-enter politics because he believes there is a lack of leadership. He plans to use his business sense to tackle important issues like taxes and emergency services.

He also plans to give special attention to what brings visitors into the County.  "Roads are not being taken care of. I can show you roads in this county that bushes have grown up in the ditches. They have 3 inch trees growing in the ditch you can't pull into ditches with trees like that," says Kennedy.

But two time incumbent and businessman, Dan Miller says the real choice in this race isn't between him and Kennedy. "It's about clear effective leadership or the same, old ways of doing things. This race is about power struggle between past commissioners, a county administrator and a past attorney. We have keep the taxes down two years and in a row and we have done a good job and they are having a hard time with this," says Miller.

A job Miller says he's been able to do well because of his Innovative leadership. Leadership he wants to continue use to service citizens as Commission Chair . "To be able to treat everybody the same no matter if you got some change in your pocket or a million dollar because we are working for the taxpayers," says Miller.

Both candidates agree whoever gets the top job, leadership will make the difference for growth and development in the County and making sure citizens voices aren't ignored.

The decision in this race will be made in the Democratic primary. There are no Republican candidates running in the race.

posted at 3:40PM by dave.miller@walb.com