Grindle brings experience, name recognition, likability to campaign for Board of Commissioners

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FetchYourNews will post a series of profile articles on both Republican candidates in the July 26 runoff for the District 4 seat on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. This is the second in that series. We will also feature the Democrat candidate before the November general election.

 

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Political consultants will tell you that a candidate’s experience, name recognition and likeability are key elements in a political campaign. Clarence Grindle, a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, checks every one of those boxes.

Grindle, 76, defeated Jeff Moran by a paper-thin margin of 49 votes in the general primary election last month but failed to get enough votes to avoid a July runoff. Grindle received 1,005 votes to Moran’s 956.

Experience: Grindle served two terms on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners until being defeated by Bob Pullen in 2014. In a phone interview Monday, Grindle said the Board accomplished a good bit during his terms, including the completion of the courthouse and the addition of ball fields, fencing, restrooms and a conference center at Yahoola Creek Park.

“I’m hoping my experience in serving eight years on the Board will be a factor,” Grindle said.

Name recognition: It could be reasonably argued that Grindle, who has run Grindle’s Barber Shop for nearly half a century, is the most recognizable person in the county. Only the newest of newcomers (men, that is) have not sat in his barber’s chair.

Likeability: You don’t last 50 years as a small-town barber without being friendly and outgoing. Grindle is kind even when talking about his opponent. “I only met him two or three weeks ago,” he said. “He seems like a really nice fellow. I don’t have anything against him.”

If elected, Grindle will be 80 years old when his term in office ends, but he said he does not see that as a negative. “Not at all. I do everything now that I have done since I was 18 years old,” he added.

A graduate of Lumpkin County High School, he has lived in Lumpkin County his whole life and enjoys the small-town charm, but he understands that growth is inevitable. Still, his desire is to attract more industry without destroying the town’s character.

To that end, Grindle wants to address the problem of litter. He said he would like to propose a plan that would emphasize education, enforcement and prevention in an effort to keep the county clean.

 

 

 

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Army combat veteran Jeff Moran’s experience in Iraq, Afghanistan has prepared him to lead

Election 2018

FetchYourNews will post a series of profile articles on both candidates for the District 4 seat on the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. This is the first in that series.

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Jeff Moran’s life has been guided by the principle of service before self. He proved that during a stellar 26-year career in the U.S. Army that included multiple leadership roles and three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Now he wants to serve his county as a member of the Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners. But first, he will have to defeat Clarence Grindle in a July 24 runoff. In last week’s General Primary, Grindle received 1,005 votes to Moran’s 956. Mark Zeller finished third with 538 votes.

In an exclusive interview with FetchYourNews Tuesday, Moran said he is well-prepared to hold the office.

“One thing the military has always been good at is producing leaders,” he said. “I can’t think of a bigger leadership challenge than leading people into combat.”

Moran entered the Army as a private but rose up the ranks to become a commissioned officer and ultimately to the rank of major. During his combat deployments, he commanded 180 soldiers. The last was an outpost on the outskirts of the mountains of Afghanistan, a 13-hour ride away from reinforcement on the Pakistani border.

He and his men did more than carry out combat missions, however. “We provided security for a district the size of two counties, attended government meetings, sat with them and talked about issues like building schools, retaining walls to divert flood waters and paving projects. So there were a lot of things that directly relate to being a county commissioner that I was actually able to do as a combat officer. With all those combat deployments, there were some serious leadership challenges, and I was successful in all of them,” Moran stated.

Moran said the critical issue facing Lumpkin County is economic development: “We need more industrial growth in the county. Right now, our citizens drive outside the county to work, shop, eat, find entertainment and get medical care. They travel to surrounding counties and sink millions of dollars into their economy as opposed to our own. With an effective plan of commercial and industrial growth, we can address economic development while still maintaining the charm of Dahlonega and preserving the beauty of Lumpkin County.”

There is little doubt that explosive growth is headed northward up the Ga. 400 corridor to Lumpkin County. Moran said the county is eerily similar in population and growth rate to Forsyth County in the late 1990s. “Look at Forsyth now. We can either come up with a plan and get ahead of growth and manage it properly or stick our heads in the sand and hope for the best,” Moran stressed.

Moran said the possibility of Northeast Georgia Medical Center building a hospital at the intersection of Ga. 400 and Hwy. 60 will “create a spark that will ignite growth here in the community. It’s going to bring jobs to the community where people can live here and work here too, not just doctors and surgeons, but nurses, technicians, x-ray techs, cafeteria workers and custodial staff.”

Moran said he will work to ensure transparency on the board and enhance communication with the citizens of the county by recommending that all meetings be streamed live on the county website and recorded so that all citizens will have access to them.

Now that he has settled into civilian life, he is the senior Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) instructor at Lumpkin County High School. His wife Brenda owns her own small business in Lumpkin County. The couple has four grown children.

“I have the time, energy, passion and dedication to serve the people of Lumpkin County,” Moran said.

 

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Grindle, Moran head for July runoff

Election 2018

Teresa Gay

DAHLONEGA Ga. – Lumpkin County voters went to the polls Tuesday and gave Republican Clarence Grindle the win by a razor-thin margin in the race for the open District 4 seat on the Board of Commissioners. However, there won’t be much time to celebrate as his victory over runner-up Jeff Moran was not enough to avoid a July runoff election.

Jeff Moran

Grindle received 1005 votes or 40.23 percent to Moran’s 956. Mark Zeller finished third with 537 votes. Now the challenge for both candidates will be to get their voters back to the polls for the runoff and an all-out effort to woo Zeller’s voters.

The winner of that race will still have some work to do before November when he will face Democrat Teresa B. Gay in the general election. Gay defeated Dennis Hoover 437 votes to 139.

Several candidates were unopposed. State Senator Steve Gooch (R-Dahlonega) did not have a primary challenger nor did District 3 County Commissioner Rhett Stringer or School Board members Lynn Sylvester and Craig Poore.

In the up ballot, statewide elections that drew most of the voters to the polls, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face a runoff. In a five-candidate field, Cagle won by a slight margin over Kemp by receiving 39 percent of the votes (227,170 total votes) to Kemp’s 26 percent or 150,051 total votes.

The winner of that race will face Democrat Stacey Abrams in the November General election. Abrams easily defeated her rival Stacey Evans, winning 76 percent of the vote statewide.

There will also be a runoff in the Lieutenant Governor’s race where David Shafer fell just shy of a clear win. Shafer pulled in a majority of the votes, 256,230, but it was not enough to avoid a runoff with Geoff Duncan in July. Duncan received 27 percent of the votes (140,741).

The winner of that runoff will face Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico in November. Amico pulled in 56 percent of the votes (245,325) defeating opponent Triana James who received 44 percent.

Campaigns have not ended for Brad Raffensperger or David Belle Isle as they will also face off in a November runoff for secretary of state. Raffensperger received 35 percent of the votes (178,502), moving him into top position. Belle Isle received 29 percent or 145,915 total votes.

Democrat John Barrow will face the winner of that runoff in November. Barrow was able to make a clean win with 52 percent over challengers Dee Dawkins-Haigler and Rakeim Hadley.

 

 

 

 

 

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Voter registration deadline for Gen. Primary is tomorrow

Election 2018, News

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Georgia’s General Primary election is one month away. Tomorrow (Tuesday, April 24) is the deadline to register to vote.

On Election Day (May 22), the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

In the race for State House District 9, three-term incumbent Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) will face a challenge from Mark Hajduk of Cumming.

Mark Hajduk

This will be Hajduk’s first run for political office, however, he is no newcomer to government. He served an internship on the U.S. House Banking Commitee and worked in the office of the late Senator Paul Coverdell. He was also an investigator in the U.S. Department of Justice.

He has called for a “rural reboot” for Georgia’s rural communities that includes improvements in high speed internet access and healthcare. He has said he would work to incentivise development of medical facilities and promote advancement in tele-medical facilities. He believes that physician visits in the future could take place via live stream internet.

Tanner is seeking his fourth term in the House. He is chairman of the House Transportation Committee and serves on other committees, including Appropriations, Education and Natural Resources.

State Rep. Kevin Tanner

He co-sponsored a controversial transportation bill that passed the General Assembly recently. The bill proposes to create a 13-member committee, appointed by lawmakers in 13 counties to oversee transit decisions. To be enacted, however, voters in those 13 counties will be asked to pass a one-cent sales tax aimed at raising $100 million.

Republicans competing for the District 4 post on the Board of Commissioners include, Clarence Grindle, Jeff Moran and Mark Zeller. The winner of the Republican Primary will face either Teresa Gay or Dennis Hoover in the November General Election.

Grindle is a barber and rental property owner who served on the Board of Commissioners from 2006 through 2014.

Clarence Grindle

Moran is Senior Army Instructor for Lumpkin County High School’s JROTC program. He concedes that growth in inevitable, but the challenge is to plan economic development in a non-invasive way in order to offset the demand for increased property taxes.

Zeller is retired military and an advocate for Veterans At Large. He believes Lumpkin County citizens have been left out of the decision making process. He has called for an upgrade of the county website to make it interactive so that citizens can provide more input.

Jeff Moran

Fetch Your news will profile the Democrat candidates for District 4 Board of Commissioners in the near future.

 

 

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