Blackburn seeking second term on commission

by Sarah Fay Campbell

Bob Blackburn is seeking a second term as a member of the Coweta County Board of Commissioners.

Blackburn, originally elected in 2010, represents the Third District and currently serves as chairman of the county commission, a position that rotates among the members. He was first named chairman in 2013 and was recently appointed to a second term by his fellow commissioners.

“It’s been an honor and a passion to serve the citizens of Coweta,” Blackburn said on Friday. “And I wish to continue doing so.”

Blackburn, who owns a real estate company, said he wants to “see a continued balance between strong, fiscally sound economic development and the preservation of our rural areas … our rural integrity.”

Blackburn said he has talked with a number of his supporters and they all were in favor of him seeking reelection.

Blackburn said there are a few things he wants to continue to be involved in.

“I really believe that, accomplishment wise, Coweta’s really got a team, and it’s a team effort,” Blackburn said. “No one person makes up a team.”

By seeing things as a team effort “you get a whole lot accomplished in government,” Blackburn said.

He said he also wants to “make sure I keep a vigilant watch over all the citizens’ rights, at least as far as the county level.”

Blackburn said he will continue to give out his personal cell phone number to constituents and will answer and return all calls.

“I also believe that, when I’m speaking and acting on behalf of the third district, it's a ‘we’ and an ‘us’ mentality, not an ‘I’ or a ‘me,’” Blackburn said.

Blackburn added he wants to continue to “work closely with staff, but not interfering or getting in their way, because they know their jobs best."



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