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Politics is a family affair for one Lee couple

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Jim Quinn is running for mayor of Leesburg Jim Quinn is running for mayor of Leesburg
Tricia is running for Lee County Tax Commissioner Tricia is running for Lee County Tax Commissioner

By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

June 23, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Jim Quinn is running for mayor of Leesburg, and  his wife Tricia is running for Lee County Tax Commissioner.

Jim Quinn has served on the Leesburg city council for 15 years and wants to continue that service, at the head of the table as mayor. "I embrace change. I think it's time for changes and I want to see the city grow and prosper," he said.

And he's not the only person in the Quinn household willing to make a change. "One of the fist times we went out on a date, she said she didn't do politics and didn't want to talk politics."

Now, his wife Tricia has jumped in head first. She too is running for public office as Lee County Tax Commissioner. "One of the fastest growing counties in the state of Georgia ought to be able to keep up with the technology," she said.

Utilizing credit cards for payment and even that new fangled thing called the Internet. "I'd like to see people go online and make their payments online," said Quinn. "Purchase your car tag online, pay your property taxes online. You can do it all over the state of Georgia, why should Lee County be any different?"

Jim Quinn wants to bring the city up to date as well. "We need some more amenities," he said. "We need more businesses to help the city grow."

So what's it like with two people under the same roof running for office? "Utter Chaos."

The good news is they have two of the best campaigners money can't buy.

"My kids are quick to say, 'vote for mommy' or 'vote for daddy'."

But if the Quinns have it their way. Both of them will be in office soon.

The Quinns weren't planning to run at the same time.  Jim Quinn planned to run only after long time Mayor Bob Boney stepped down.

After Boney's death in December, a special election was set for next month.

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