Letter: Ray understands economic development needs

It is an honor and my pleasure to endorse Mr. Dan Ray for re-election as Rockdale County tax commissioner. Dan was elected tax commissioner in 1993, and since his election he has continuously improved the operating efficiency of the tax office. His 44 years as a Rockdale County resident and 20 years as tax commissioner give him thorough knowledge of our community, as well as a keen understanding of economic development and the need to balance our tax digest by expanding existing industry and recruiting new industry to Rockdale County. He works with my office on tax issues and is available whenever we need his advice.

Dan earned a bachelor of business administration degree and a master's degree in finance from Georgia State University and has attended hundreds of hours of additional training since first being elected. Over the years, he has received awards for the operational excellence of the tax office, including Georgia Tax Commissioner of the Year in 2005 and Georgia Constitutional Officer of the Year in 2008. Education, training and experience make Dan a true professional in his field. His tax office has a 99-plus percent collection rate in a very tough economy. Please consider voting for Dan Ray in this election. He is the right man for the job!

-- Glenn D. Sears,

Executive Director,

Conyers-Rockdale Economic Development Council