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Corley running for BOC

COVINGTON — Rickie Corley has announced his candidacy for the District 2 Board of Commissioners seat.

Corley, who is running as a Republican, previously served on the Newton County Board of Education for 12 years. A lifelong Newton County resident, Corley is the owner and operator of Corley's Used Cars and Auto Service.

The District 2 seat is currently held by Commissioner Earnest Simmons.

As part of his business endeavors, Corley said he is often out and about in the community listening to the concerns of residents. Corley said he was encouraged to run by many of those people.

"District 2 needs better representation. I hear people say they have issues that don't get addressed; they can't get a response," Corley said.

Corley identified growth, economic development, customer service, accountability, safety of residents, jobs, gridlock at intersections and making sure taxpayers get the most for their tax dollars as the key issues he will focus on if elected.

"We need new perspectives and ideas to move us into the future. I will provide the kind of leadership District 2 needs and deserves with conservative values. I will be more accessible and accountable. I have a proven track record of collaborating with others to provide results and will use this experience to make Newton County the best it can be," he said.

Corley graduated from Newton High School and has an associate degree in business management. He has served as PTO president for Livingston Elementary School and on school committees and parent councils. He served on the Board of Education for 12 years, including two years as chairman. Corley was defeated in his bid for re-election to the District 2 Board of Education seat in November 2008.

He and his wife Robbie have four children and six grandchildren, who all reside in Newton County. Corley said he has a vested interest in improving the quality of life in Newton County due to his family's deep roots here.

"Governing Newton County is big business. My training, education and experience in business will be an asset to this board. The challenges before us are great, but I know that if we all work together and conserve our resources, we will come out on top," he said.

Corley asked for anyone with questions or concerns e-mail crickie@bellsouth.net.

Qualifying for the Nov. 2 General Election takes place April 26-30.