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McCormick Kicks Off Commission Campaign
Monday, 13 September 2010

September 13--  The headmaster at Vidalia Heritage Academy is running for the District Four seat on the Toombs County Commission.

ImageJeff McCormick kicked off his campaign with a rally where he won the endorsements of State Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons and outgoing District Four Commissioner Steve Brown.

"I'm encouraged by his vision and that he has a vision.  I'm encouraged that when the decison was made that this seat was going to be vacant that you know many times people run from situations, but he ran to that situation.  He saw an opportunity where some of his experiences and life lessons could benefit those whom he cares about," Brown said at the rally.

One of the components of McCormick's campaign is to help small businesses in Toombs County create jobs with local tax abatements.

"Right now if local businesses seek to expand and they build anything, they are going to be taxed immediately.  What we're looking at doing is alleviating that new tax burden by abating it over a period of years based on the investment and the number of new jobs they create," he proposes.

McCormick is running against former District Four Commissioner Mell Taylor who has a long history as both a commissioner and a former commission chairman.

Senator Williams, in his endorsement of McCormick, said voters have a choice in this election and "in these times we cannot afford to go back to the past."

McCormick says he supports the county manager form of government which Toombs County adopted several years to replace a fulltime county chairman.

"I think the county manager form of government is the way to go.  There are very few counties in the state of Georgia that don't have that.  I am very comfortable in that and very confident that we will continue to move forward and we'll get better in that," he said.

McCormick was a pastor at a Baptist church in Florida before moving to Toombs County in 2006.

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