Columbia County commission chairman Ron Cross to seek re-election

Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 1:54 PM
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Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will seek a fourth term of office this November, he confirmed Monday.

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Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will seek a fourth term of office this November, he confirmed Monday.  SPECIAL
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Columbia County Commission Chairman Ron Cross will seek a fourth term of office this November, he confirmed Monday.

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.

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TCB22
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TCB22 01/20/14 - 03:19 pm
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Thank you, Ron!

Thank you, Ron. This is great news for the county. It's a thankless job that pays a pittance and my family is grateful for your willingness to hang in there for another term.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 01/20/14 - 03:27 pm
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Okay, everybody pile on, ....

....positive and negative. Sure this announcement will generate a lot of posts. I personally like the guy and will vote for him, but I predict there will be many conflicting voices here....

csrareader
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csrareader 01/20/14 - 04:12 pm
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Looks like term limits are

Looks like term limits are needed at the local level also...

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 01/20/14 - 05:06 pm
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Doug's wife...

...Jean, sure is gonna be bummed to hear about his other wife, Janet.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 01/20/14 - 05:40 pm
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@ Austin

I'll double check his wife's name.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 01/20/14 - 05:44 pm
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Jean

You're correct. It's fixed. Thanks.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:46 pm
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A thankless job. LOL Someone does not understand politics.
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A thankless job. LOL Someone does not understand politics.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:49 pm
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TCB22 must live in Shangri-La or is a building contractors. LOL
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TCB22 must live in Shangri-Lah or is a building contractors. LOL

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:50 pm
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Who can spend $500K for a $12k a year job? Career politicians!!
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Who can spend $500K for a $12k a year job? Career politicians!!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:51 pm
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If Billy Graham went into politics he would become a crook. FACT
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If Billy Graham went into politics he would become a crook. FACT

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:52 pm
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Let's ask the Allen family about term limits for politicians?
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Let's ask the Allen family about term limits for politicians?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:54 pm
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Religion and politics don't mix. You cannot serve GOD and MONEY.
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Sure, XXCross has some project he would like to finish. Don't we all?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:56 pm
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Two exits. 1)Spend more time with family 2) Unfinished projects.
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Two exits. 1)Spend more time with family 2) Unfinished projects.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 01/20/14 - 05:57 pm
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You have to love that "grin". They had a word for it in the day.
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You have to love that "grin". They had a word for it in the day.

Doug Duncan
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Doug Duncan 01/20/14 - 08:37 pm
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Whew!

Thanks for the correction! Jean said I had some 'splainin' to do! :-D

stuaby
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stuaby 01/20/14 - 10:01 pm
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Eh?

I thought he said he wouldn't run again.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/20/14 - 10:10 pm
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Trust

You can't trust 'em, Stuaby. There's always just "one more project."

That's why Dorothy Parker said, “I never vote. It just encourages them.”

stuaby
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stuaby 01/20/14 - 11:30 pm
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@Little Lamb

You're right. Anything spoken by any politician, anywhere, can just be ignored like a leaf falling somewhere in the forest.

The guy said, in point-blank language, that he wouldn't run again. What I think is even more amazing, is that read this (RC saying he wouldn't run again) in the AC. Yet, unless I missed it, that wasn't brought up in this piece.

GuyGene
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GuyGene 01/20/14 - 11:51 pm
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Wha'?? On taxes?

He said this, "...to accomplish a lot, while avoided raising property taxes".

Wha'??!? My property tax increased over 50% in one year! Almost as much as somebody's 17 acres, for my piddling 3 acres with 1,200 sq. ft. house!

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 01/21/14 - 07:32 am
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time for him to go
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time for him to go

resident
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resident 01/21/14 - 08:41 am
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He might have done alot but>>>>

I think it is time for term limitations. Institutional stability is good to a point but really we need to limit career politicians. Sidewalks...Come on people only in areas where there is money or a political supporter for what I can see. I live in an older neighborhood. we have no association, I had to fight for 5 years to get our roads repaved..Yet saw those with newer roads repaved twice. We have no sidewalks and see some but very little foot traffic so a sidewalk is probably not warranted. Most places that have them use them for golf carts.... Just my comments. Lots of nice things but sidewalks..bad subject when they did not build them near schools but subs that really did not need them in the first place.

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Bizkit 01/21/14 - 10:40 am
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Nothing against Ron-he has

Nothing against Ron-he has done a great job. But the problem we have in DC is from lifetime politicians, so logically it would be nice to change things up-course it could change for the worse too.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/21/14 - 10:50 am
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meh

I've no issue with an accomplished chairman staying on. Double edge sword though. You stay in there long enough and someone will look for ways to get you out. Do your duty to the county and things will be fine.

csrareader
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csrareader 01/21/14 - 05:29 pm
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He's part of the cabal that

He's part of the cabal that ruined neighborhoods all over the county with those monstrosities they affectionately call "speed humps." That alone is reason to boot him from office.

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