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Brookshire seeking re-election to county board

POSTED: February 22, 2018 2:07 p.m.

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Bryan County Commissioner Brad Brookshire has said he will seek re-election for the District 4 seat.

Brookshire was unopposed in a 2016 special election to fill the remaining two year for the seat. He replaced Carter Infinger, who stepped down to run for the chairmanship of the county board. The spot is now up for a full four-year term.

“There are a lot of good things happening in Bryan County that I want to see through to completion,” Brookshire said. “The learning curve was pretty steep the first year, but I feel like I can contribute more in a second term.”

The Ameris Bank city president said growth continues to be an issue, but he feels as though the county is taking a pro-active approach.

“We have the financial capacity to tackle some of these bigger projects that we didn’t have 15 or 20 years ago.”

Those upgrades include several intersection improvements and a new sewer system for South Bryan.

“We’ve reached a critical mass and I think these projects will have a powerful impact for people,” he said. “It’s all about getting the community and the board of commissioners singing from the same sheet of music.”

Brookshire noted that if TSPLOST passes, the transportation-specific levy will help the county with the intersection upgrades and road maintenance.

“We don’t want to turn around in 15 years and still be dealing with infrastructure issues,” he said. “The time to act is now.”

The Richmond Hill High School alum returned home after earning a business degree from the University of Georgia to start his banking career. He has long been involved with the city of Richmond Hill’s Downtown Development Authority and the Chamber of Commerce, as well as Rotary and the Exchange Club.

Brookshire also said the Richmond Hill Library and the South Bryan Recreation Department building on Timber Trail need to be addressed.

“My son, who is 8, is going to the same library and playing basketball in the same gym as I did at that age,” he said. “There are more things we need to address than just traffic.”

Aside from SPLOST, Brookshire said he thinks the county’s new impact fee ordinance will help pay for service improvements.

Qualifying for the May 22 primary is March 5-9. Gene Wallace recently announced he is running in District 5. Also up for election this year is District 2. Those seats are currently held by Rick Gardiner and Wade Price, respectively. Neither has announced whether or not they are running yet.

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