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Muggridge, Singletary best picks for Lee Commission

Lee County voters in districts 2 and 4 have choices to make Tuesday on who they want to represent their respective districts for the next four years. We recommend that voters in District 4 re-elect Commission Rick Muggridge and that those in District 2 elect political newcomer Luke Singletary.

Muggridge, a Republican, is being challenged by Tim Nelson, who is running as an independent. Muggridge qualified for the general election by defeating Frank Taylor in the July 31 Republican Primary.

Likewise, Singletary had opposition in the Republican primary from Ray Timms. His opponent Tuesday, Mary Egler, had no challenger in the Democratic Primary in July. The winner Tuesday will succeed Betty Johnson, who did not seek a new term on the board.

In July, we endorsed both Muggridge and Singletary, and we do so again for the same reasons. Singletary is running, he has said, because of the investment he has in the county in the form of the personal stake that he and his family have in its progress. He also pledges to bring some new ideas and perspectives to the board. Singletary says he wants to make maximum usage of the recently opened library/conference center in Oakland, to push for more transparency and collaboration among county boards and agencies, and to conduct quarterly town halls in different districts to hear the opinions of residents. We believe Singletary will bring a certain spark and energy to the board that will benefit all residents of the county.

In District 4, Muggridge can point to some positive achievements by the board over the past four years. The Grand Island Golf Course, once a financial drain on taxpayers, has been remade into a self-sufficient operation; public safety staff have been added, and, perhaps most remarkably, the county has managed to balance its budget each of the last four years without resorting to layoffs, furloughs or job elimination that could interrupt service to residents. Muggridge also has become an asset for the county through his appointment to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs board, a state agency that is important to local governments.

Lee County appears to be heading in the right direction. We believe that keeping Muggridge on the board and adding Singletary to it will help keep the county moving in a positive direction.

Comments

chinaberry25 1 year, 11 months ago

Isn't Muggridge the one who wanted the garbage added to the taxes. If so, how is he the best one? Of course the person who owns the home gets a bigger tax deduction, but this never spoke well of the folks who rent. Without houses to rent in Lee Co. they would have to close shop. Half the county rents their homes.

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 11 months ago

Saddened that the Editorial Board refused to meet with all the candidates in this race. It appears that the Albany Herald chose to take the easy road and re-publish and old article. They refused to cover the garbage fiasco in this race, perhaps because it cost Williams his position. They failed to cover Muggridge giving County employees a raise at the drop of the hat, I guess spending others money is easy. Muggridge supported the T-SPLOST and is proud of creating 29 jobs that cost taxpayers money now as well as create future debt they refuse to calculate. He is happy that the County is competing with local businesses, a golf course and "convention center" to name a few. Here is a man willing to pass a sign ordinance, yet unwilling to stand behind it and require code enforcement to enforce it. That isn't leadership.

Leadership is cutting back, stopping the spending, getting out of running commercial businesses and allowing people on a fixed income to be able to stay and retire without fears of running out of money as land values increase. Vote Nelson end the days of Ed Duffy's yes men.

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SalukiGrad 1 year, 11 months ago

Not Jealous at all...In fact didn't expect any less... your snide comment here goes a long way ;-) Keep up the fantastic journalism. I mean you picked my opponent and Sanford Bishop on the same day!

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albanyherald1 1 year, 11 months ago

Sorry my user name confused you. I have nothing to do with the Albany Herald. No affiliation at all. This is just my opinion as a Lee County voter.

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J.D._Sumner 1 year, 11 months ago

Just as an aside, the commenter "albanyherald1" is not affiliated with the paper in any way.

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albanyherald1 1 year, 11 months ago

Correct. I have nothing to do with the Herald. Just a Lee County citizen. No affiliation.

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DoctorDorite 1 year, 11 months ago

I've got to agree with SalukiGrad on this, the Herald does'nt point out all the mistakes and errors made by Muggridge and the fact he's been Duffy's puppet and screening flak for him. He supported the wastefull T-Splost, adding garbage bills to taxes, ignored the sign ordinance that was promoted by himself, unneeded conference center, Grand Island, etc. etc. etc. he only gave the Sheriffs office additional operational funds when the Sheriff backed him into a corner. I hope Rynders has no intent on leaving because Muggridge is drooling for that position badly and he's no where near being qualified to tote Rynders breifcase.

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JustAnotherVoice 1 year, 11 months ago

Not all Lee County tax payers agreed with NOT supporting TSPLOST or NOT adding the garbage fee to our yearly tax bill. He has accomplished a lot during his time on the board -- VOTE FOR RICK MUGGRIDGE!

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