VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - It's an important position in any county, the County Commission Chairman. In Lowndes County voters will see two new names on the ballot competing for the seat.
Bill Slaughter and Gretchen Quarterman are two very different candidates. Both are running for Lowndes County Commission Chairman. Slaughter is the CEO of Waller Heating and Air Conditioning and Quarterman is a farmer and owner of Okra Paradise Farms.
"I'm very curious, I have a math and science background so I'm always asking why do we do it this way, not just what do we do, but why do we do it, what problem are we solving," said Quarterman.
"I am running as a pro-business candidate, I feel like we need to make things as easy for businesses and industries to come to Valdosta and Lowndes County and make this wonderful county their home, so we need to make a good smooth path for them to come through," said Slaughter.
Quarterman says she wants to focus on helping citizens be more involved.
"We can ask the citizens more of what they want, be much more inclusive, have more public hearings, make information available that people could use," said Quarterman.
Slaughter says he wants to improve transportation.
"Money's going to be slim, it's very tight economically so we're going to have to do some things that's going to keep our roads and infrastructure in good shape," said Sluaghter.
For these two candidates this is their first time running for the seat. Ashley Paulk has been the Chairman for the past four years.
Quarterman says she'd also like to have every meeting recorded and have all minutes and agendas posted on the county's website.
"The government provides a service to everyone in our community and the people have a right to know what's going on," said Quarterman.
Slaughter has lived in Lowndes County for 40 years. Quarterman moved here five years ago and both say they never want to leave.
Early voting runs through Friday. Election Day is a week from tomorrow.