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Tucker holds campaign kickoff event

Posted: September 13, 2017 - 1:59am
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Pam Tucker mingles with volunteers during her campaign kickoff for county commission chair.
Pam Tucker mingles with volunteers during her campaign kickoff for county commission chair.

Nearly 50 volunteers gathered for a campaign kickoff meeting and dinner in support of Pam Tucker, former longtime emergency services director in both Columbia and Richmond counties.

Tucker, who is running for the position of Columbia County Commission Chair, discussed and coordinated different duties among volunteers ranging from installing and collecting yard signs to making phone calls and knocking on doors.

"Tonight kicks everything off, then we will start doing our big fundraiser in October," Tucker said. "Then, after that, we've got fashion show fundraisers, and all kinds of ideas and wonderful things that we are going to be doing."

Tucker's campaign team is being lead by campaign manager Johnny Hensley and co-managed by Lynda Williamson.

Hensley offered words of advice and encouragement to supporters touting Tucker's experience and reputation, calling her "the real deal."

"To me it's so important that you know in your heart of hearts that you've got a good Christian lady that's running for this position, she's the real deal," Hensley told supporters Thursday. "It gives me more courage, it gives me more energy to go out and speak about Pam, when I know that everything I am saying is without reproach."

Volunteers discussed different campaign fundraisers and other opportunities for Tucker to get out and meet the public.

"If they don't know me I want them to know me," Tucker said. "I want to get to know everybody and talk to everybody I can in the county, because we really want to win this election and make some positive changes for Columbia County."

Tucker announced her candidacy for the commission seat in March, one week after submitting her resignation as Columbia County's director of Emergency Management Services.

Tucker said she plans to run on a platform promoting transparency, good leadership and county unity through collaboration.

"We want all of our cities in the county, whether it's Harlem, or Grovetown and our townships of Appling, Winfield and Leah, and of course Martinez and Evans to all feel like they are one county," Tucker said. "We want a distribution of services so that everybody shares the same resources and one area does not have more than another area."

Other than her "Tucker Time" supporters chanted on more than one occasion during the kickoff dinner, Tucker said she embraces her slogan that she will "bring fresh air and sunshine back to Columbia County," which she can bring with good leadership.

"I have been in government for 39 years, on the inside. Nobody else can say that," Tucker said. "Everybody else is going to have a learning curve. I am going to walk in the door knowing what the problems are and knowing how to fix them. I have a great advantage with experience and knowledge walking in."

To date, current county commissioner Doug Duncan and small business owner Mark Herbert have also submitted declarations of intent to run for the county commission seat, currently held by Ron Cross. Cross has not announced whether or not he plans to seek re-election.

The primary election will take place May 22.

 

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