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Fleming won't seek reelection

Tim Fleming

Tim Fleming

COVINGTON - District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming announced during Tuesday night's Board of Commissioners meeting that he will not seek reelection.

Fleming has served one term on the Board of Commissioners. He said he is taking a break from politics to spend more time with his family.

"It has been a pleasure to serve District 5 and an honor to serve the citizens of this great county the past three and a half years," he said Wednesday. "Since I took office, a lot has changed in my life. I have a 2 - year-old son and a little girl on the way. More and more I'm aware that life is very short. Family always comes first. No matter what, that should always be your priority and that's why I made the decision not to run for reelection."

Fleming added that he plans to stay active in the community and, "Who knows, you might see my name on a ballot again some day. I don't want to look back 10 or 15 years from now and regret missing the first tee ball game or play. I'm still a young man. There's plenty of time for politics."

Fleming added that his term in office has required some tough decision-making given the county budget shortfall resulting in layoffs and cuts to county services, but he is hopeful better times are on the way, with more revenue streaming in from the new Walmart and new industrial growth.

"I've served on the principals I campaigned on; I've never voted for a tax increase. We've raised the millage once in the past three and a half years and I did not support that. The preliminary numbers we've seen on the tax digest indicate there's no need for a tax increase this year. We put together a $57 million SPLOST that was approved by voters last March (2011) that will improve the quality of life in this county, and we implemented a more effective and efficient form of government. Some might not always agree with every decision I've made, but I've always done what I believe is best for the county."

Comments

HonestAbe 2 years, 4 months ago

This is good. Two of the commissioners who voted to change the form of government of Newton county without letting the citizens vote on it have decided to leave office. Now Henderson should resign as commissioner the board should fire county attorney Craig and the county mgr to finish cleaning this injustice to the voters up. It shgould be put on the November ballot for the Newton County voters to decide what form of government they want.

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NotResponsible 2 years, 4 months ago

Have you taken a look at what your vote did to the county library system? Mostly part time workers with no time to help anyone. It's gone downhill since the money to support two libraries was voted down after spending millions to build the new branch. Sometimes we have to vote a tax increase when the values of the properties have dropped so that there isn't enough money to run the county properly and now it does not even look like it will ever recover. It is such a shame that you were ever voted in.

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Frustrated 2 years, 4 months ago

Guess Ewing and Fleming think their work is done. The county is in worse shape now so they are abandoning ship. Wonder who Henderson will get to go along with his personal projects now? We can only hope that whoever replaces them will have a better grip on things and actually work to make the county better and not push through their pet projects. Guess the old saying holds true..if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

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Newtownqq 2 years, 4 months ago

Well bye bye Timmy, Mort is gone too! Praise the Lord! His claim to never raised taxes is dead wrong! You forget the board voted to what would be on the SPLOST!

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