Rick Pettitt, Republican candidate for District 2 Elbert County commissioner

Posted 6/8/18

City or town of residence: Kiowa. Profession: Elbert County treasurer. Related elected-office or public-service experience: Former mayor of Kiowa. Why are you seeking this office? I am running for …

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Rick Pettitt, Republican candidate for District 2 Elbert County commissioner

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City or town of residence: Kiowa.

Profession: Elbert County treasurer.

Related elected-office or public-service experience: Former mayor of Kiowa.

Why are you seeking this office?

I am running for the office of commissioner to make sure we continue the progress the county has made in the last few years. We have had many positive changes in the last year and a half and it is time for some continuity in the leadership of the county.

What makes you the most qualified person for the position?

I am the most qualified because of my experience with Elbert County government as treasurer the last 7.5 years. I understand the Elbert County budget as I was the budget officer for the 2018 budget. I have a working relationship with elected officials, department heads and staff as we have made significant progress in achieving economic stability for the county and the need for long-term planning to maintain this stability.

What would your top two priorities be if elected?

The top two priorities if elected are managing in a proactive mode the growth that is projected to occur in the county. This is the residential growth and the need for commercial economic growth. The building and zoning regulations are being updated at this time and we need to make sure the regulations provide an efficient process to meet the county needs and those of our citizens. The second priority is the need for long-term planning to maintain and improve services to our citizen that will be required as the county grows.

What else should the voters know about you?

I have lived and worked in Elbert County for over 30 years. In that time I been involved in the community in which I have lived as a volunteer firefighter, mayor of the Town of Kiowa, Kiowa Lions Club for over 30 years. I graduated from the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force for nine years.

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