Wednesday, April 4, 2012
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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."