Nelson OK’d for Lee ballot



LEESBURG — Lee County Libertarian Tim Nelson said Monday he’s beginning his “boots on the ground” campaign to unseat District 4 County Commissioner Rick Muggridge.

Nelson followed through with an earlier commitment to collect enough signatures on a petition to qualify as an independent and have his name on the ballot in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Lee Elections Supervisor Veronica Johnson confirmed Monday that Nelson’s petition contained 250 valid signatures. He needed 168 signatures to get his name included on the ballot.

Johnson said more than 300 signatures were submitted and the Lee County Board of Elections and Registration was able to validate 250 signatures.

“I am excited that the Elections Board validated my petition and has allowed my name to be placed on the November ballot,” said the 35-year-old Nelson, who is a state probation officer.

If elected, Nelson said he wants to cut spending and that he “is not a rubber stamp for other board members’ agendas.”

This is the first political contest for Nelson, who has lived in Lee County for the past nine years. He is originally from Manteno, Ill. “I guess the closest experience (to politics) was being a state officer for the Illinois Association FFA in 1996,” Nelson said.

Nelson said he started thinking about running for the County Commission after he became upset over the commission’s initial plan to include garbage bills on annual property tax statements.

“Then, when the county refused to take down the T-SPLOST signs that were clearly against their own ordinance ... that pushed me over the edge,” he said.

Nelson explained that he did not qualify for the primary election because he is neither a Republican nor a Democrat. He is vice chairman of the Southwest Georgia chapter of the Libertarian Party and represents the area on the State Executive Committee for the Libertarian Party of Georgia.

Muggridge, who owns and operates an insurance agency, said he is confident the County Commission acted property is dealing with Nelson’s complaints about the T-SPLOST signs.

Muggridge said the commission took the advice of its attorney that Georgia’s ordinance trumps the county ordinance.

“Whether I support T-SPLOST or do not support T-SPLOST was not the deciding factor,” Muggridge said. “Everybody has an opportunity for free speech.”

Muggride said the candidacy by Nelson “gives us one more opportunity to define our vision for the county. I am proud to be a conservative Republican. The significant difference between Libertarian and Republican is that I believe in smaller government, but I do not believe in no government.”

Muggridge defeated Frank Taylor in the Republican primary on July 31, 811 votes to 332.


BAC 3 years, 1 month ago

Mugridge said "Everybody has an opportunity for free speech" that is a correct statement, and thank goodness we did thru our right to vote. Commissioners pay attention, the voters spoke loud and clear in regards to T-Splost and the garbage fees.


DoctorDorite 3 years, 1 month ago

Not sure he knows what Freedom of Speech is all about. Not too long ago there was a meeting concerning the Palmyra subdivison area and he would not let a group that lives there speak about their concerns, saying " a decision had already been made". It was apparent to everyone there that he fell on the Samari sword for Mr. Duffy on that one, unfortunately there's also been other instances he's proved he's not his own man.


SalukiGrad 3 years, 1 month ago

Why is Muggridge concerned with free speech NOW? He wasn't concerned September 28, 2010 when he voted to approve a sign ordinance.

OCGA 32-6-97 - clearly States that In fact County Ordinances may be more restrictive than State Law.

OCGA 16-7-58(a)(2) states no municipal, county, or consolidated government may restrict by regulation or other means the length of time a political campaign sign may be displayed or the number of signs which may be displayed on private property for which permission has been granted

It is clear Nelson never argued the message of the signs, nor the number or the duration. Just the type of sign which according to OCGA 32-6-97 means Lee County officials need to step up and fix the problem. They can either eliminate the ordinance and provide for free speech, or cite those involved and let the magistrate decide the outcome per their code. Any less and the people will see how much integrity current board members have.

And Rick also may need to review political ideologies....He has Conservative Republican confused with democrat and Libertarian confused with Anarchist.


DoctorDorite 3 years, 1 month ago

I wish Mr Danny Carter would report back on here and tell us again what Mr. Muggridge does for a living and where, he definetly has not been the owner of an insurance agency for over a year ?? He was in business one day and GONE the next and as a customer I was never notified by him or the company which he represented thereby putting me in a delima, which only leads me and others to speculate.


willie 3 years, 1 month ago

So now what do you think PUFF DUFFY, if your stampboy, Muggridge gets mugged like Williams got, then what are you going to do with all them ink pads, have a sale at Grand Isle.

PUFF DUFFY, if you were to stand up like a MAN and announce that you are vacating your post on the commission a lot of folks that live in the county would not shed a tear, however we might be happy that you are gone and we won't have to worry about 1.6 million being misplaced again.


willie 3 years, 1 month ago

Lets hope Muggridge gets what Williams got. DUFFY, with Mr. Williams gone, 1.6 milloin is still being talked about and not forgotten.


Cartman 3 years, 1 month ago

Wow. I like our commissioners. I do disagree with them on occasion. The garbage tax, T-SPLOST, and signs are examples. However, I never thought less of them for it.


livinlarge 3 years, 1 month ago

Nelson is running because Lee County wouln't give somebody a sign ticket? Barney Fife wantabe!!!!


50210 3 years, 1 month ago

Muggridge is my insurance man at DWB Insurance, he is super nice.


DoctorDorite 3 years, 1 month ago

Not disputing him being nice but it sure would have been nice if he'd have shown more proffessional curtisy by notifing his clients of this instead of just locking his door with no prior notice to us. Maybe as a client I was wrong to expect notification of change. I wish him well in his current venture.


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