(Note: A profile of Republican candidate Timmy Rushing running for Seat 2D, will appear in the Sunday edition of the Statesboro Herald.)
With his bid for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D, Republican candidate Jeff Klare has his eyes on ways to handle and promote the county’s growth.
Klare faces opposition from two others who qualified for the seat to be vacated by current commissioner Robert Rushing, who chose not to run again. Klare will run against Timmy Rushing in the May 22 Republican primary. The winner will face Democrat Carlos Brown, who has no opponent in the May 22 primary.
Klare told the Statesboro Herald he believes Bulloch County’s biggest challenge is “the fast growth of our community.”
Progress comes at a cost, and “we must be prepared for the problems that come with that growth,” he said. Increased population and industry means more demands on county services, such as solid waste, road maintenance and public safety.
While some improvements may be made regarding the relationship between the county government and the City of Statesboro, both entities seem to be on the right page, he said.
It is not the type of business or industry that should concern the citizens of Bulloch County, it is the flow of jobs and increased tax base that we should be concerned aboutJeff Klare, Republican candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D
Klare said he would like to see a variety of job opportunities come to the Bulloch County area.
“It is not the type of business or industry that should concern the citizens of Bulloch County, it is the flow of jobs and increased tax base that we should be concerned about,” he said. “We need jobs for those that graduate with degrees, but we also need jobs in manufacturing, as well as other sectors of the economy.”
As employment advisor to the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce, Klare said his experience in creating jobs would be an asset to the county in this area.
“With an eye on our competition from surrounding states and counties, we would be better prepared in the negotiations for those businesses (such as manufacturing),” he said. “My experience creating jobs makes me a great team member of the County Board of Commissioners.”
He has ideas about ways to battle the county’s solid waste challenges, too.
“Re-educate, recycle and repurpose as much of our waste as possible,” he said. “We should offer a fee- based, curbside pick-up of our recycled material.”
If elected, Klare said his work experience will benefit the commission.
“Over the span of my career, I have worked with large and small corporations to bring diversity to the workplace by creating strategic short and long term plans,” he said. “I will be able to carry new skills to the table in negotiations, human resource management (and) the ability to reach those in Washington DC and Atlanta for funds that will assist in Bulloch County growth.”
Other areas he said he would address include “making sure that all members of our community including seniors, veterans, wounded warriors, and men and women with disabilities are included,” he said. “I will leave no one behind.”
Klare is married to local chiropractor Dr. Amy Kitching, who has two children.
The couple attends Compassion Christian Church, where Klare serves as the head of the safety team. He is a member of the Downtown Rotary Club.
He and his wife rebuilt the old Colonial House of Flowers location, which now houses their new business, Southern Chiropractic/Statesboro Thrives Wellness Center, on Savannah Avenue.
Klare said he is an active supporter of several civic endeavors including the Wounded Warrior Retreat and the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation.
He and Dr. Kitching recently were involved in a mission that brought “Team Bulloch to Haiti, providing chiropractic care, dental hygiene and self-defense training to 300 girls and young women in need,” he said.Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.