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Georgia Trend Picks Toombs Co Commission Chairman
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

October 1--  The Chairman of the Toombs County Commission has been named by Georgia Trend magazine to its annual listing of outstanding young Georgians.

It's the 17th year Georgia Trend has presented a group of 40 outstanding Georgians under the age of 40. The honorees represent business, government, politics, nonprofits, science, conservation and education.

The 40 were chosen from nominations made by readers throughout the state. Final selections were made by the Georgia Trend editorial staff.

ImageFrom left: Sonji Jacobs Dade, director of communications for the mayor of Atlanta; Amir Farokhi, founding director of GeorgiaForward; Melissa Tymchuk, director of public relations and marketing for Northeast Georgia Health System; and Blake Tillery, Toombs County Commission chairman.

Blake Tillery, at age 29, is one of the two youngest people on this year's list.  He was nominated for the award by Charles Andrew and Howard Holman of Vidalia.  

The magazine writes, "When Tillery was an undergraduate studying international affairs at the University of Georgia, he ran for a seat on the Clarke County Commission. “That was unsuccessful, but I came within 300 votes of unseating my English professor at the time,” he says, “and that gave me a taste for politics. I’m one of those extroverts who loves being in a group discussion, whether it involves property taxes or the Braves.”

He won his next race back in Toombs County, and now he is guiding his community toward consolidation. “We’re working with neighboring counties to be among the first to integrate our services as much as possible to bring the most service to taxpayers for the lowest cost,” he says.

He practices trial law at Smith & Tillery, teaches at Brewton-Parker College and volunteers for the local Boys and Girls Club, Heart of Georgia Altamaha Workforce Investment Board and Kiwanis Club."


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