Who: Carlos Brown
What: Candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D
When: Primary election set for May 22
(Note: Profiles of Republican candidates running for Seat 2B, Jeff Klare and Timmy Rushing, will appear in the Saturday and Sunday editions of the Statesboro Herald.)
Democratic candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D, Carlos C. Brown Jr., hopes to help encourage new business and industry to come to the area should he be elected to the seat.
Following the May 22 primary, Brown will face one of two Republican challengers in the November election: Jeff Klare or Timmy Rushing. The seat will be vacated, as incumbent Robert Rushing decided not to run again.
Bulloch is ideal for many large industries and businesses, and there is plenty of space waiting, he said.
“We need to attract more businesses like Great Dane, Briggs and Stratton, Viracon, and Walmart Stores and Distribution,” Brown said. “We have made an investment in the I-16/Highway 301 development, but have not attracted industry yet. We need to continue to work diligently to get businesses to look at this prime location instead of only waiting for site development to lure them.”
With such growth in the region, Bulloch is a great location, he said.
“The deepening of the (Savannah) port could create opportunities for businesses related to transporting goods from Savannah to Atlanta and beyond,” he said.
Brown wants to see more shopping opportunities, too.
“I would also like to see us bring in some other major supermarkets like Kroger, Sam’s Club and Publix. In addition, I think we should look for importunities to attract an auto manufacturer or related industry.”
We have made an investment in the I-16/Highway 301 development, but have not attracted industry yet. We need to continue to work diligently to get businesses to look at this prime location instead of only waiting for site development to lure them.Carlos C. Brown Jr., Democratic candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D
Brown also feels more effort can be made to bring city and county governments together.
“One of Bulloch County’s biggest challenges is the relationship between the cities and the county,” he said.
Bulloch County contains, Register, Portal, Brooklet and Statesboro.
“When it comes to sharing of SPLOST funds, the city council and county commissioners should focus on what is best for all citizens they serve. I think a joint meeting at least once a year would help foster a positive relationship between the cities and the county, resulting in better alignment.”
He praised current steps to handle solid waste problems and feels they should continue. The county experiences illegal dumping at sites by citizens of other counties; improper items being dumped, littering and other infractions.
“I think Bulloch County is taking the right steps towards solving the solid waste issues. We should continue to educate the public on proper trash disposal and dumping sites. We also need to better enforce issuing citations and fines for illegal dumping. Moving forward, managed and secured facilities would also help combat this problem.”
Brown said he thinks his variegated experience will lend “a vast history of service to my country and community,” if elected.
“I served 21 years in the United States Air Force, six years with the Register Volunteer Fire Department, 17 years as a housing manager at Georgia Southern University and (membership in) a number of other organizations and civic clubs,” he said. “I bring a willingness to work with the cities and county government. Growing up on farms in Bulloch County and being a lifelong native, I am dedicated to helping make decisions to help move Bulloch County forward. If elected, I pledge to be accountable and accessible.”
Brown and wife Pearl H. Brown have two daughters and one grandson. He is a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church, where he is Sunday school superintendent and chairman of the board of deacons. He is also a member of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Asssociation executive board; a member of the Bulloch County NAACP (of which his wife is president) and is the Emit precinct voting poll manager.
Brown is also a member of Statesboro Kiwanis, the Statesboro Food Bank, Statesboro City planning/zoning board and Georgia Association of Retired Educators.
He owns Brown’s Lawn Service and enjoys collecting and restoring old cars.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.