I think that many of us have been upset and amazed at our Rockdale Board of Commissioners’ idea of serving our community. This caused me to look up the challenger to Doreen Williams, who is an incumbent county commissioner, running for re-election this November. I believe that she and the other commissioners are very out of touch with the real needs of the largely middle-low class and lower income families that make up our community.

Larry Cox is the challenger for this position. So, I looked up his website and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/larry.cox.520) page. Here are some facts that I didn’t know about that I got from his website. (See the On the Issues page of his website at https://www.coxforrockdale.com/issues)

Williams is running for re-election on the following record. Unfortunately, the other commissioners are not up for re-election this November. Here are some things that they proposed:

• A single garbage and waste service to be forced on all of us at three times the price with no competition.

They said at the time that they just wanted to do something really good for Rockdale County.

• They also voted for a $140 million bond issue to build a new court complex with no real bids — only estimates and an artist’s conception. Would you build even a $250,000 house like this?

• Williams has voted to raise your taxes four times.

I don’t want to be living in DeKalb County #2.

• They also gave away at a very low rent the Parker Road Complex that we could have used to solve some of our courthouse needs.

The model of three people on the Board of Commissioners was instituted in 1977 when we had 30,000 people here. Now we are at 90,000 people, and it is time to change to a five-member board with each district of Rockdale County being represented.

This would ensure that no two commissioners can force bad ideas. I talked to Larry Cox. He is a common sense, level-headed guy, and I believe he would begin the process of a more sensible use of our money along with transparency and accountability that we need and that he would have good solutions to the problems we face. He would like to debate Williams in public, and I would really like to see this, and I think you would, too.

If we do not vote against Williams, we will be saying to the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners, “We don’t care what you do, and you can do pretty much whatever you want.” That’s not a message I want to send. Look into Larry Cox at:

Decide for yourself. It’s your pocketbook and your community at stake.

I believe it is time for big changes on the Rockdale County Board of Commissioners. I believe voting in Larry Cox will help us get the change we need.

Gary Moelk

Conyers

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