Cross said his desire to stay on as chairman is linked to a number of “unfinished” projects he hopes to see through to completion.
“Really, there’s just so much going on, just so much unfinished business,” he said. “There is never really a good time to quit, but there seems to be a lot hanging over from the last eight or so years that needs to be completed.”
Cross cited the passing of T-SPLOST funding for several road projects and the prospect of Columbia County gaining its own hospital as two of the main reasons he wants to seek another term.
“A hospital will be a crown jewel, if we can get it,” he said.
He said he was proud of the progress the county has made under his leadership, including the construction of parks, sidewalks and other quality of life amenities for county residents. He said they have been able to accomplish a lot, while avoided raising property taxes.
“We always tried not to raise taxes and cut where we could,” he said. “I just hope the commission stays solid and will work with us.”
No other candidates have officially announced a run against Cross, nor against District 4 Commission Bill Morris, who has said he will seek a second term.
The only potential newcomer thus far, is Doug Duncan, who has announced his intentions to seek the District 1 seat being vacated by Commissioner Ron Thigpen.
Duncan, a vice president with Augusta staffing firm MAU Inc., has a lot of experience serving on other civic boards, including the Georgia Workforce Investment Board, the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce government affairs committee and the Development Authority of Columbia County, where he was recently named chairman.
Duncan said, if elected, he wants to continue to grow the retail tax base and keep property taxes low. He wants to focus on providing infrastructure for future economic development and creating high tech jobs in Columbia County.
Duncan is an Augusta native and has lived in Columbia county since 1991, with his wife, Jean. They have two sons and a daughter.