VALDOSTA -- District 2 Lowndes County Commissioner Richard Lee cited "being part of the solution" as his reason for running for re-election.

Lee sat down with The Valdosta Daily Times editorial board recently to discuss his ideas for the district and the county at large. His Democratic opponent, John Rozar, was unavailable for an interview.

Lee is a Lowndes County native. He got his bachelor's degree from Valdosta State University in speech communications with an organizational communications emphasis and a master's degree in public administration. When not working as a Commissioner, Lee is the assistant to the Dean of Students for Judicial Affairs at VSU.

In his public service life, Lee served as District 2 Commissioner initially from 1993-96, and was re-elected in January 2001.

Lee is on the Association County Commissioners of Georgia state-wide Group Self-Insurance Workers' Compensation Fund's Board of Trustees. He serves as the vice chairman on the South Georgia Solid Waste Authority, county appointee on the Construction Appeals Board and the South Georgia Regional Development Center's Technology Advisor Board.

He is married to Janis Nutt Lee, and has three children, Rachael, Jenna, and Clark, and one grandchild, Hannah.

Lee said he felt his experience and accomplishments were the reasons why citizens should re-elect him.

Lee was asked a series of questions by the editorial board about issues facing his district.

What is the most pressing issue facing your district?

Lee: "The expansion of water and sewer."

How do you intend to address the road paving issue, especially in light of the recent bad weather?

Lee: "With this issue, especially after four hurricanes, we are wide open to working on the roads. Also, as far as the entranceways into the county, especially those entrances off I-75, need to be cleaned up."

What grade would you give to the county for its zoning rulings and how will you balance the growth to protect the county's integrity?

Lee: "Ninety percent of the time we go with the recommendations of the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission and planning staff. What they propose is appropriate and called for."

What do you think about the city's proposed island-seizing and annexation plans?

Lee: "This is a charged issue. However, there are a lot of good things about it. For instance, the Board of Elections say they have a terrible time with all of the islands. My question is, why has this not been addressed and researched until now? I believe a set of public hearings need to be done before a decision is made."

Lee and Rozar are on the ballot for the Nov. 2 election.

To contact reporter Michelle Taylor, please call 229-244-3400, ext. 245.

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