Columbia County candidates qualify

Monday, April 26, 2010 5:34 PM
Last updated 10:17 PM
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Four Republican candidates qualified today for Columbia County Commission seats.
Commission Chairman Ron Cross qualified this morning along with his challenger, retired Appling businessman Brett McGuire.
Also qualifying were incumbent Ron Thigpen for District 1 and Harlem resident David Payne for District 4.
Payne, a retired truck driver, will challenge Commissioner Scott Dean, who is expected to qualify at noon Tuesday, said county Republican Party Interim Chairwoman Pat Goodwin.
Dean defeated Payne in a 2008 special election the fill the seat left vacant by Lee Anderson when he ran for a state House seat.
McGuire previously ran for state Senate and House seats, but lost both races. This is his first attempt at campaigning for a county post.
A phone message left this afternoon at the Columbia County Democratic Party headquarters was not immediately returned.
Noon Friday is the deadline to qualify for the July 20 primary.

Reach Donnie Fetter at (706) 868-1222, ext. 115,
or donnie.fetter@augustachronicle.

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Chillen
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Chillen 04/26/10 - 06:51 pm
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Go McGuire. Time for some

Go McGuire. Time for some change to the good old boy system here in CC.

ColCo
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ColCo 04/26/10 - 07:03 pm
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Chillen, there are so many

Chillen, there are so many reasons that you are wrong.

Chillen
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Chillen 04/26/10 - 07:49 pm
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Name them. The private lake

Name them. The private lake everyone is paying for in West Lake?

jbartley
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jbartley 04/26/10 - 10:25 pm
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Columbia County can't afford

Columbia County can't afford Cross again! GO McGuire

bclicious
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bclicious 04/26/10 - 10:48 pm
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If you want to blame

If you want to blame somebody, blame Pam Anderson. She is the one is constantly setting restrictions on spending, and punishing all of the emergency services in Columbia County.

Humbly,

Bobby

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 04/27/10 - 01:57 am
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OMG, Pam Anderson is actually

OMG, Pam Anderson is actually placing restrictions on spending? Thanks Pam, we as citizens greatly appreciate your efforts to reduce unnecessary spending within the county to include all areas of emergency and law enforcement services. These are vital services but waste is certainly a large part of them and anything Pam or any employee or elected official can do to reduce spending is appreciated by the taxpayers. Columbia County is well served by its Emergency and Public Safety services and to say otherwise is simply dishonest. We have the best equipment, technology, services, and even the best salaries and benefits for staff compared to all neighboring agencies. We have emergency vehicles and equipment within the Sheriff's Office and Emergency Services that has never even been used or used very little - it is nice to have but costly and just goes to further show that the emergency services in CC have ample funding for needed items.

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