Politics is a family affair for one Lee couple - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Politics is a family affair for one Lee couple

Posted: Updated:
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
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Phoebe foundation receives donation for medical student housing

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:25:30 GMT
    Lauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive DirectorLauren Ray, Phoebe Foundation Executive Director
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
    A generous donation will help build a $5 million medical student housing facility on Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital's campus.The Richard King Mellon Foundation donated $1 million to the Phoebe Foundation for the proposed 25-unit gated community. More >>
  • Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Dougherty County School System has Open House

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:19:35 GMT
    Valerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School PrincipalValerie Williams, Radium Springs Middle School Principal
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
    Dougherty County parents and students got to meet old and new faces at their schools this evening.The school system held an open house at each school for families to meet the staff and learn what to expect for the upcoming school year.More >>
  • Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Law enforcement and first responders collaborate for "National Night Out"

    Thursday, July 31 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-08-01 03:14:28 GMT
    Imaya FreeloveImaya Freelove
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>
    First responders reached out to the community Thursday night to build better relationships and help kids get ready for school.For the first time, all the law enforcement and first responder agencies in Dougherty County worked together on a National Night Out event. More >>

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.

Feedback