LEESBURG, Ga. — Greg Frich, a candidate for the District 5 Lee County Commission seat currently held by Bill Williams, will hold a meet-and-greet event Saturday at Mike’s Country Store on Philema Road.
Frich, a retired Marine and current defense contractor, said he’s been asked to take part in Mike’s customer appreciation event, planned for all day Saturday.
“That is really an ideal place to meet and interact with the citizens of the Redbone District,” Frich said. “I plan to go out there, maybe put up a bouncy house for the kids to jump around in, and sit and talk about the issues that impact our community with the adults.
“Hopefully we’ll be able to sit down and drink a glass of tea together and they can tell me what they expect from me as their representative on the County Commission.”
Frich said he will be at the 1629 Philema Road business from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The showdown between Frich and Williams, who is chairman of the commission’s Finance Committee, is one of three contested races on the Lee Commission that will be decided in the July 31 general primary elections. Mary Egler has announced her intentions to challenge Betty Johnson for the board’s District 2 seat, while no challenger has yet emerged — though one is expected — to take on Commission Vice Chairman Rick Muggridge for the commission’s District 4 seat.
An abbreviated qualifying period for those seats, as well as the sheriff’s, coroner’s, tax commissioner’s, clerk of court’s and Probate and Magistrate judge’s offices, will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23 and 24 and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 25.
The city of Leesburg will also hold a special called election July 31 — with the same qualifying period — to fill a vacant seat on the Leesburg City Council. Former councilwoman Rhonda Futch stepped down from her seat last month due to business constraints.