Valdosta Daily Times

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March 10, 2010

John Page running for Board of Commissioners seat

VALDOSTA — John Page, 47, announced Tuesday his plans to run for the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners seat soon to be vacated by Richard Lee.

“I plan to be a representative of the people,” he said. “I’m not a career politician and I identify with the people.”

Page has been in financial planning and insurance with Strategic Wealth Group since 2009. Previously, he was a pastor for 27 years and has a counseling and family mediation background.

If elected to the District 2 seat, Page has plans for the community.

“I’d certainly want to work with others (in office),” he said. “I would want the county commission to have as efficient (a) government as we possibly can. This is vitally important now considering our economic situation. If there are services we can streamline, that we can combine to make better use of the people’s money, then I’d be in favor of that.”

Page is confident he would be able to balance his current profession and being elected to office.

“I think my job allows me to have control of my time so that I can be able to be available for the people and for the needs of the county,” he said. “Because I am self employed, I am able to budget my time around some of the needs that the county would require of me.”

Originally from Madison, Fla., Page was awarded a bachelor’s degree in history from Valdosta State University and a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Seminary. He returned to Valdosta in 1996 because “he wanted to come back to this area all along,” he said. “It was like home to me.”

Page has been involved in many civic activities. He is the former president of the Valdosta Rotary Club, where he received a presidential citation.

He has also been on the governmental affairs committee at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce three times, chaired the legislative development committee for the chamber of commerce, and was on the federal subcommittee underneath the governmental affairs committee for the chamber of commerce.

Page is currently on the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission. He is a licensed life insurance agent and an active member of Hahira First Baptist Church, where he is the chair of the finance committee.

“Though I’ve never been elected to office, my background in civic community, (such as) chamber of commerce (and) planning commissions, has given me some experience in dealing with some of the issues that we face as a county,” he said.

Page lives in Hahira with his wife, Cindy Page, and his four sons, Johnny, 16, Austin, 16, Andrew, 14, and David, 13. “A small town boy at heart,” he enjoys hunting and fishing and spending time with his wife and children.

“They’re very supportive (about me running for office),” he said. “My wife and I are both political junkies. I’m constantly listening to the news and reading things and she is, too.”

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