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Incumbent commissioners, chairman say they'll run again
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Garrett Nevil - photo by FILE

            Three Bulloch County Commission seats and that of the county commission chairman are up for election, and all four incumbents said they are planning to qualify to run again next week.

            Qualifying for these seats begins 9 a.m. Monday and ends Friday at noon.

            Bulloch County Commission Chairman Garrett Nevil said he plans to seek a second term, and will pay a qualifying fee of $600. Citing accomplishments while in office that include the formation of the Bulloch County Fire Department, Bulloch County Jail expansion and construction of a new 911 office, various road improvements and paving "two of the worst roads in Bulloch County, Go Bar and Lake Collins," and other issues, Nevil said he looks forward to serving Bulloch residents further, if elected.

            "I feel we have become more efficient" in running the county, and hope to continue that improvement as well, he said.

            Bulloch County Commission Seat 1A incumbent George Jackson said he will run again, and pay the $225 fee next week. Jackson said he hopes to continue progress and work towards luring new industry to Bulloch.

            "We need some industries," he said. "That's on the table now." He is also proud of the county forming a county-wide fire department, and said he looks forward to working more closely with mayors of municipalities within the county, if elected.

            Roy Thompson said Friday he will seek re-election to Commission Seat 2C, and said "I continue to stand on the belief I am a public servant, not a politician."

            Thompson said he is pleased to have fulfilled to a campaign promise to improve accessibility to the public. He is also pleased with the county's success in the jail expansion, 911 center construction and fire department formation. Bringing more industry into the county is also a goal he hopes to pursue if reelected, he said.

            Jan Tankersley is seeking a third term for Bulloch County Commission seat 2A and pointed out that she is "just one on a board of many" that has worked towards the projects accomplished so far – the jail expansion, Georgia State Patrol post, and Splash in the Boro have come to fruitation during her terms in office.

            She hopes to continue, if elected, to work towards finding a balance between providing vital services and funding them in the future, she said. "We need to make sure we maintain the infrastructure to keep up with the growth."

            Tankersley, Nevil, and Thompson are Republicans. Jackson is a Democrat.

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