Monday, May 23, 2011

SD 26: Will Wilkinson County Stand Up?

With the entries of State Rep. David Lucas & Macon City Council President Miriam Paris to replace Robert Brown, will another candidate come forward for Senate District 26?

You would think so? This is a prime opportunity for a candidate to emerge from Twiggs & Wilkinson County for a run at a rare open seat for the state legislature. If another candidate does emerge from one of these two counties, it'll likely be from Wilkinson County.

Wilkinson County (Wilco) has a very attractive group of officeholders who would make great candidates for the State Senate. As well as those who serve in other capacities. A county with so much promise, having a candidate (or future state senator) from that area will only help that county grow to its full potential

Roger L. Smith, Mayor of Toomsboro is one of those officeholders.

Mr. Smith is a lifelong resident of Toomsboro. He received his early education in the Wilkinson County School system and graduated from Calhoun Consolidated High School in 1961. He graduated from Georgia College in 1976, and is a Vietnam veteran, having served in the Army from 1963 to 1965. Mr. Smith is a retiree of Central State Hospital where he worked for 34 years in the Social Service Department. He served 12 years as a city councilman, and in 1999 he was elected Mayor of Toomsboro.

Smith serves on the Wilkinson/Baldwin Fall Line Development Authority and is Chairman of the Board of the Wilkinson County Service Center. He is a member of the St. Phillips African Methodist Episcopal Church, where he serves as chairman of the Board of Stewards. He has served on the Development Authority Board since 1999.

Lee Boone

Ms. Boone has been a resident of Wilkinson County since 1972. She has an AB degree in English from the University of Georgia, and she also took additional courses at Oglethorpe University and Georgia State College and University. She is a former high school English and Advanced Placement teacher, real estate agent, and small business owner. Lee is married to longtime Wilkinson Co attorney Joe Boone. She has served as a Development Authority Board member since 1997.

These are not candidates, but they could be? Im just throwing out names here.

So what its going to be Wilkinson County? Will you put up or shut up?

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