Simmons running for second term

Earnest Simmons

Earnest Simmons

COVINGTON -- Earnest Simmons is running for a second term as the District 2 commissioner, because, as he puts it, "There are some things I need to finish."

Simmons, a Democrat, said there have been many improvements in the district since he took office nearly four years ago.

Those improvements include construction beginning on Denny Dobbs Park and the branch library; installation of a traffic light at Smith Store and Salem roads and Brown Bridge, Ga. Highway 20 and Ga. Highway 212; and procuring stimulus funds for intersection improvements and a traffic light at Spring and Salem roads and a traffic light at Oak Hill Road and Ga. Highway 212.

"There has been a tremendous amount of improvements in District 2. It doesn't look the same as it did when I took office. Based on these accomplishments, the taxpayers should give me the opportunity to serve a second term," he said.

If re-elected, Simmons said he wants to work on opening a new senior center in the western part of the county, and continue his efforts to get a satellite tax commissioner's office and sheriff's precinct there.

Simmons said he will also work to make sure the Oak Hill overlay ordinance currently in the planning stages has quality and consistent design standards.

He also said he wants to continue to work on getting transportation projects completed, including the paving of Livingston Lane and Veal Road.

"I am a workaholic. I am passionate about a lot of issues and I am passionate about the people who live in the western part of the county," he said.

Simmons has lived in Newton County for about nine years. He is an alumnus of Jones College in Jacksonville, Fla., and is employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber. He is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a local wine club.

For more information on Simmons, visit www.simmons4district2.com.