What: Candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D
When: Primary election set for May 22
Bulloch County Commission candidate Timmy Rushing hopes to bring a lifetime of business experience and the ability to bring projects to completion to the table should be he elected.
Rushing seeks the Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D, which will be vacated by his uncle, incumbent Robert Rushing, who chose not to run again. Timmy Rushing is opposed by Jeff Klare; both are Republicans and the winner of the primary election May 22 will face Democratic candidate Carlos Brown in November.
One of the biggest challenges Rushing believes the commission faces is “trying to maintain services without raising taxes.” Bulloch County has a record of avoiding tax hikes if possible and he said he thinks this is a major concern of taxpayers.
I feel we should take advantage of the type of businesses that would benefit Bulloch County with the expansion of the Georgia Ports Authority and attract businesses to the new industrial park.Timmy Rushing, candidate for Bulloch County Commission Seat 2D
Economic growth is also something that should remain in the forefront with the commission.
“I would like to see reputable businesses come into Bulloch County that would create more jobs,” he said.
“I feel we should take advantage of the type of businesses that would benefit Bulloch County with the expansion of the Georgia Ports Authority and attract businesses to the new industrial park.”
The newly built industrial park on Interstate 16 is a prime location for transporters to and from the port, and commissioners should support active solicitation of businesses that would find Bulloch County a convenient and suitable location, he said.
Rushing says city and county officials should work together more and communicate better.
“Both city and county governments should have more open discussions on issues and challenges both governments are facing. Officials should be willing to work together to resolve any issues,” he said.
One of those issues is solid waste and the problems with its disposal. Bulloch County has closed some unmanned dump sites due to excessive littering and unlawful dumping, often by residents of neighboring counties. The county has a number of manned recycling centers as well as a few remaining unmanned dump sites.
“We need to look into the needs of the recycling centers,” he said. “Is there a need for more employees, more equipment or longer hours?”
Rushing is co-owner of a number of businesses and has been self-employed for 35 years. His business ventures include Tarco. Inc., NAK Properties, LLC and Harville Tree & Stump.
His experiences in a variety of areas of business will be an asset, he said.
“I feel if I am elected to Seat 2D, I can bring 35 years of business experience. I have the knowledge and ability to start and complete all projects,” he told the Statesboro Herald. “And, I have the ability to manage and work with multiple employees on a professional level, all the while obtaining the desired result for the customer.”
He has been married 28 years to Julie Lewis Rushing. They have three adult children.
A Bulloch County native, he graduated from Statesboro High School and then from Swainsboro Technical college with a degree in machines, tool and die.
Rushing is a member of Register Baptist Church, where he has been a deacon since 2003.
He enjoys raising farm animals and going to the coast to fish.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.