published Sunday, July 10th, 2011

Trenton, Ga., mayor Barton Harris to seek re-election

by Andy Johns

Trenton Mayor Barton Harris said he plans to be on the ballot in this fall’s city elections, but it remains to be seen if he’ll have competition.

“I have all intentions of running,” said Harris, who took office after a special election in 2008.

In his three years, Harris said, city government has run smoothly, and he pledged to keep it that way. He pointed to Trenton’s new Civic Center as the biggest milestone accomplished during his tenure.

In the years ahead, he expects more growth and looks ahead to projects such as the downtown beautification, he said.

In the end, his decision to run again was based on his continued commitment to serve, Harris said.

“I enjoy serving the people,” he said.

Harris said he had heard rumors that a couple of former city leaders might run against him.

Two City Commission seats also are up for election, but attempts to reach incumbent commissioners Greg Houts and Tommy Lawson were unsuccessful Friday afternoon.

Harris said that whoever is in office next year will have to deal with a town still recovering from a deadly tornado in April and limited resources to help recovery. Funding from the state and Dade County for recovery also are uncertain.

“Over the next couple of years, we don’t know what the dollars are going to be on anything,” he said.

He vowed to help the town grow and make “continuing improvements to the city,” despite a tight budget.

Election officials say qualifying runs from Aug. 29 to Sept. 2. The election will be held Nov. 8.

Contact staff writer Andy Johns at or call 423-757-6324.

about Andy Johns...

Andy began working at the Times Free Press in July 2008 as a general assignment reporter before focusing on Northwest Georgia and Georgia politics in May of 2009. Before coming to the Times Free Press, Andy worked for the Anniston Star, the Rome News Tribune and the Campus Carrier at Berry College, where he graduated with a communications degree in 2006. He is pursuing a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Tennessee ...

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