Valdosta Daily Times

January 22, 2014

Raines: A promise kept


The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Too often politicians promise something and that promise is not kept. Often that promise involves their tenure in office.

Some politicians throw their hats in the political ring with an announcement that they have no plan to become a career politician. They want to perform the public service of doing the people’s work then return to private life.

That’s what many politicians say, but it seems to rarely work that way. Such politicians may say they must run again for a variety of reasons: They’re just learning how the system works; there’s more work to do; with seniority, more can be done for the people, etc.

So, it’s refreshing to see a politician announce if elected, he will serve one term then step away.

Last week, Lowndes County Commissioner Richard Raines said he would keep such a promise.

Running for office four years ago, Raines said he would serve one term if elected. Elected, and with candidate qualifying fast approaching, Raines announced he would not seek reelection to a second term.

This doesn’t mean his work as commissioner is finished. He still has nearly a year left in his one term.

He told The Times he plans on working hard throughout the year to uphold his oath of office to serve the people of Lowndes County.

At the end of this year, however, he will keep his pledge and return to private life.

Commissioner Raines deserves the community’s thanks for his willingness to serve but also for his honor in keeping the promise to serve no more.