I have spoken with as many of the candidates as I could. E-mailed all and got replies back from most. I see good in some and others have raised red flags with their replies.
In Post 1, three of the four replied to me and I spoke with them. Danny Hickey seems to be one who knows about water but nothing about finances. He has plans but his plans, from what I can tell will cause rates to go up. Danny hickey admits his chances of winning are slim. So he also decided to try to get appointed by the Grand Jury. If he does not trust the voters, why should we trust him?
Ronnie Perry is a real estate developer. He wants water and sewer lines to grow. His answer was take away peoples wells and septic tanks and make them hook up to the county water and sewer. The taxpayers in 2012 alone voted against the proposed T-SPLOST in Georgia. Ronnie Perry was out doing speeches for the added tax. He has been quoted in the paper saying we need more taxes for the county to grow. I, along with many other voters feel our taxes are too high now. Ronnie Perry says raise taxes, raise fees and raise rates. I say NO to Ronnie Perry.
My choice for post 1 is Bruce Pobanz. This person seems to be the only candidate in Post 1 that has the common sense to work for us taxpayers. He offers a New Vision and a New direction. From what I read and speaking with him, to me he is the best choice.
As to Post 2 candidates. 4 of the candidates I refuse to vote for. Clifford E. Adams, Tom Crankshaw, Charles E. Lamkin and Daniel Parshley. These 4 also are trying to get in the backdoor by seeking appointment with the Grand Jury instead of trusting the voters to pick the correct candidates.
Charles Lamkin also scares me. His wife is Becky Rowell. The number two leader in Glynn County. She is Public works director and Assistant Glynn County Administrator. Him being in the race smells of back door politics. The County leaders have already said rates need to be raised. A vote for Charles Lamkin will assure your rates will go up, and up and up.
Sandy Dean and John Terris have run for Brunswick City Council and county Commissioner. They lost each time. Their replies to me have divulge some interesting ideas but ones that are not cost effective. What they want, the community does not have money for. If they get elected, I see higher rates, and added debt fees to both water and sewer to pay for the 50 million dollars of bonds it will take to implement some of their ideas. 6 years ago, my water bill was 45 dollars. Today it is 197 dollars. If Sandy dean, John Terris or Charles Lamkin get on the commission, I foresee my water bill over 300 dollars a month. I cannot afford that and will consider moving out or selling my home and renting an apartment.
My choice for Post 2 is between two candidates. Jacqueline Branch-Pobanz and George Metz. The board I feel needs a woman to put those men in line. Too often the Water and sewer Board is a discussion of who's is longest. Who has the bigger set. Ego fighting ego. A woman will reign in those egos and more discussion could take place on what is best for the local consumer instead of who can fight who.
The other choice I see is George Metz. George Metz used to be a Federal law enforcement driving instructor. I see some age in him but I also found out he tends to go off. He and his wife sued the Federal government in 1986, when he was fired as a driving instructor. He claimed the government was out to get him. The case went to the Supreme court and he lost. This was 26 years ago. maybe he has mellowed by now. Maybe not. So as of now, Iím leaning towards the only woman candidate that seems to have the common sense needed to reign this run away commission back down to earth.
If I had to vote today, my vote would go to Jacqueline Branch-Pobanz for Post 2.