Five people seek three seats on the Register Town Council in the upcoming city election, with two incumbents being challenged and one running unopposed.
G. Ann Ross will serve another term in council Seat 5, as no one qualified to run against her, according to information from Bulloch County election Superintendent Pat Lanier Jones.
Incumbent Tanya Boyd, holding council Seat 3, faces opposition by challenger Shannan Grubbs. Running for council Seat 4 are Alfred L. Jones, incumbent, and challenger William “Bill” L. Ingram.
Boyd serves as mayor pro tem and has played an active role in helping conduct Register’s business and activities. A longtime resident of the town, she praises its atmosphere as being an ideal place for raising her children.
With experience in managing sales, real estate, communications and finances, she is currently manager of L.A. Waters Downtown and Waters properties.
Grubbs said she fell in love with Register and its people when she moved there three years ago. As manager of The Store, the town’s single convenience store, she is skilled in multi-tasking and working with the public. The mother of eight children said she seeks a seat on the council because she wants to be a part of maintaining its charm and allure.
She and Boyd each want to see the town grow, but keep its quaint charm.
“My local community is where I believe I can have the biggest impact,” Boyd said. “We all have something to offer, and a community that works together prospers.”
As a council member, she helped coordinate the town clean-up efforts, representing Register on the board of directors for Keep Bulloch Beautiful; helped plan and manage local events; and helped maintain the children's garden. She was active in the town’s recovery from a fire that destroyed the historic City Hall and in helping design its replacement, she said.
Grubbs said she is interested in taking a hand in improving the town, helping other council members with organization and operating its departments such as water services and policing.
“Register has become my home,” she said.
Her employment in the town’s hub of commerce enables her to meet residents and discuss topics of concern.
“People here are wonderful, and I plan on being here for a good while,” she said. “I want to help make a difference in this wonderful community.”
Several efforts to reach Jones, Ingram and Ross were unsuccessful; either messages left went unreturned, or voice mailboxes were full and the candidates could not be reached for comment.
Register’s election will be held Nov. 5, with polls open at City Hall from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.