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February 23, 2014

Commissioner Powell seeks reelection

Looks toward the future

VALDOSTA — Crawford Powell, 51, has served one term on the Lowndes County Board of Commissioners for District 3, and has announced that he is seeking a second four year term.

Born and raised in Valdosta, Powell graduated from Valdosta High School, earned a Marketing degree from VSU in 1985, and owns South East Sales, a Marketing and Printing Service. Powell is married to Becky Powell, and has two children, Jason, 33, and Juli, 23.

When asked why he is seeking reelection, Commissioner Powell answered, “To be able to continue to drive projects that affect the district; delivering on road pavings, water sewer infrastructure, bridges and overpasses, that are scheduled to be completed; to continue to be fiscally reserved with the budget issues.”

Powell explained that the everyday life of a County Commissioner is one that he enjoys because he gets to interact with his constituents on a daily basis.

“I was at breakfast this morning, and I had people come up to me about paving roads and garbage, and I had lunch with a guy and he was talking about the Board of Elections,” Powell said. “I enjoy these interactions, and I understand why they happen; people think of things when they see me, and I enjoy talking to them and addressing their concerns.”

A lot of responsibility comes with being a County Commissioner, and many times they have to weigh difficult options that affect many residents of the county. Powell said he approaches these issues very carefully, and makes the best decision that positively affects the most amount of people.

“Very seldom do you make decisions that only impact a few people. I have to weigh the effects  of my decisions on what positively impacts the most amount of people at one time,” Powell said. “I had one guy in my district tell me, 'I don't agree with everything that you do, but I'd be really disappointed if you don't run again.'”

So Powell is running again, and he said he will continue to make the tough decisions, the same way he did during his first term.

“I lean toward private property rights and what will serve the most amount of people in the best way possible,” he said.

Powell plans to continue driving projects that affect his district such as delivering on road paving, water & sewer infrastructure, bridges & overpasses on I-75 at Exits 2 & 11.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support & encouragement I’ve received throughout the District.  I’ve been encouraged by owners/managers of large and small businesses; developers, real estate groups, Lake Park Chamber members, people in the farming community, educators and other elected leaders.  Many of the retirees that make our community their home have encouraged me,” Powell said. “It’s important to know that you as a Commissioner have to be knowledgeable in a broad variety of areas because most times the residents each have individual needs they need your help addressing.”

Powell said that he has gained this knowledge by being on the council, and he can assists his constituents better because “I’ve deepened relationships with other elected officials both in the local cities, the County, State, GDOT and national levels.”

A motto that Powell lives by is, “Opportunities come more readily to those who put others first,” by Jeremie Kubicek.

Powell vows to remain open and to continue his service to his district so it does not fall behind in allocation of services and resources.

Early voting begins on April 28, and the primary will be held on May 20. Powell will be on the Republican ballot during this election.

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