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Jim Bartley announces run against Ron Cross for commission chairman

Posted: January 23, 2014 - 7:20pm  |  Updated: January 26, 2014 - 12:07am

Jim Bartley, a builder and longtime political activist, is looking to oust Ron Cross from the commission chairman’s seat.

Bartley admits he is known as a vocal critic and a constant source of irritation for county officials who are the frequent target of his open records requests and pointed questions in public forums.

“I’m not a good old boy,” said Bart­ley, who filed his intent to run with the state Wednesday. “The good old boys do not like me and the establishment is not going to like me because I look for the truth.”

Bartley said one of the main issues he is concerned with is the amount of debt the county has accumulated while Cross has served as chairman.

He said the under Jim Whitehead’s leadership in the late 1990s, the county was debt free.

“The debt we have incurred in the past 12 years, I don’t think that’s good,” he said.

“I think most people nowadays have had to cut back on spending and I think the government ought to get out of debt, too.”

Bartley said he supported Cross in his first two campaigns for commission chairman, but got behind his opponent Brett McGuire in the 2010 election because he thought someone else should have a turn. Although he supported McGuire, Bartley said he didn’t like the tone or tactics used in that campaign and distanced himself from what turned into ugly personal politics.

“I had nothing to do with the ugly,” he said. “I had nothing to do with the ads.”

Bartley said he thinks there are enough people dissatisfied with Cross’ leadership for him to pull out a victory. He pledged to stay away from personal attacks and run a clean campaign.

“I hope the people who supported Brett will vote for me,” he said. “But I’m not going to say anything negative about Ron Cross. I don’t have a problem with Ron; I have a problem with a politician wanting more than two terms.”

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So not true!

He had EVERYTHING to do with the ugly and the ads and all the lies! And everyone knows it. This man has such a problem with the truth!


Bartley not good for Columbia County

Ron Cross and the commission have done an outstanding job growing the County. Columbia County continually makes Top Places to live rankings in national print. Why on earth would we want to change the direction of our county. As for debt, think of it as a home improvement. Sometimes you have to borrow a little money to improve, then pay it off.

I have heard enough about Mr. Bartley to have made my decision years ago. If the county is in debt, it may have been incurred having to supply all the open records request submittals he has asked for.

Ron Cross has my vote. Great job giving us a place we can be proud of.


Time for Ron Cross to Go

Two terms were enough. Columbia County is successful independently of Ron, his predecessors, or successors. He served 2 terms capably, but the last one has seen him become that which he started out opposing.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. - Marcus Aurelius


Let's out the successful

manyarrows, I don't subscribe to your way of thinking. Now more than every we need someone with a proven, successful track record. Perhaps I an naïve in my thought process but you don't remove someone for being successful, you become their champion. Like many in position of responsibility and leadership, not all can be kept happy. I'm not privy to Mr. Cross' activities you state occurred ("but the last one has seen him become that which he started out opposing"), only I find Columbia County a fantastic place to raise a family.

I will continue to gather intel on both and draw my own opinion come election day.


"I will continue to gather

"I will continue to gather intel on both and draw my own opinion come election day"

That is only fair. There is a group of us out here whose main aim is to make Augusta, Evans and the entire area a place success-bound people want to come no nurture that success, not a place where they are assigned to become beset by enormous parasites.

Stay tuned to ALL channels of information. Some of the traditional ones are seriously compromised. Find somebody better or even new to run and even Bartley will support him/her.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. - Marcus Aurelius


Ask Jim...

Ask Jim who he plans to get rid of in county government, if elected. He's told plenty of other people, so make him tell the reporter. Many citizens may not like who he has in his crosshairs to get rid of.


There are several who need to

There are several who need to be fired and I doubt they are on any suspected list of candidates. There needs to be an investigation of the entire administration because, truth be known it is just as rotten as the one down the road in Augusta.

If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it. - Marcus Aurelius