RINGGOLD, Ga. — Planned growth and economic development are top issues for the candidates vying for the Catoosa County Commission District 3 seat.
Voters will choose between first-time candidates Jim Cutler, the Republican nominee, and Democratic candidate George Duncan to hold the post for the next four years. Incumbent Commissioner James Emberson did not seek re-election.
District 3 includes Ringgold and the Graysville area of northern Catoosa County.
Both men are transplants to Catoosa who say they want to maintain the county’s warm, small-town character while bringing in jobs and new sources of revenue, especially with the VW assembly plant coming to Chattanooga in 2010.
“Right now we are all being looked at as potential sites for satellite businesses coming from VW,” Mr. Cutler said. “I want to work to bring in those tax dollars and develop a county-owned park so we can say to businesses this is where you can locate; the services are here.”
Mr. Duncan said the five-member commission should be working to decide what types of businesses to recruit.
“The commission needs to be forward looking and work with organizations, (such as) the chamber of commerce,” he said.
Both men are first-time candidates and said their career experiences prepared them for leadership roles and to work cooperatively with a five-member board.
“I was asked to run so there would be a candidate running against whoever got the Republican nomination,” said Mr. Duncan, noting GOP dominance in Catoosa. “I listen to people and work toward a solution as opposed to having an agenda to start with. I want be open-minded and willing to change if need be.”
Mr. Cutler said these are exciting times for Catoosa County.
“I love living here and I’ve tried to give back by my service in Kiwanis,” he said. “And what better way to serve the county, than to run for office?”