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Broadwell, Ellis spar for newly created Fulton County Commission seat
by Noreen Cochran
April 03, 2014 11:49 AM | 4800 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whoever wins the May 20 primary election for the newly drawn Fulton County commission District 2 will wind up seated at commission meetings come January because there is no Democrat in the race.

The contenders are Republicans Eric Broadwell of Roswell and Bob Ellis of Milton.

Broadwell, 53, is a 15-year Roswell resident and an information technology consultant.

He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1985 with a degree in aerospace engineering.

He is married with three children.

Although a political newcomer, Broadwell said he has experience representing Cobb Electric Membership Cooperative customers, chairing a Fulton County Republican Party district and volunteering on others’ campaigns.

He said his top three issues are eliminating gridlock between county and city government and within the commission, reducing taxes but resetting spending priorities to restore funds to libraries, and enacting term limits for the commission. 

Broadwell said he is the best person for the job because of his community involvement, leadership and financial skills.

“I organize events in Roswell which bring thousands of people to our community, making an economic impact in the millions of dollars,” he said. “As chairman of the [EMC] finance committee, I have fiduciary oversight of a $426 million budget, which is down $42 million from 2013. During my chairmanship in the last 12 months, I have approved three reductions in electric rates to our 190,000 members. I have also approved a staff reduction of 22 percent, resulting in an improved work culture and increased efficiencies as demonstrated in the last snow storm.”

Ellis, 43, has lived in Milton since its 2006 incorporation and in the new District 2 for more than 18 years.  

He is a vice president at Warren, N.J.-based property and casualty insurance company Chubb Corp.

Ellis earned a bachelor of business administration from the University of Georgia in 1992.

He is married with three children.

Ellis said his top three issues are reducing government spending, delivering necessary county services effectively and efficiently, and better relationships between the county and the north Fulton cities. The political newcomer said he is the best person for the job because of his leadership, a strong desire to serve and his commitment to the District 2 communities.

“During my 21-year career at Chubb, I have been entrusted to manage large profit centers, build and maintain strong customer relationships, steward large budgets and lead teams through change. I will use those leadership skills to improve county government and work with others to solve problems and pro-actively address issues,” he said. “My knowledge of and commitment to all of the communities of District 2, along with my professional experience, will enable me to develop partnerships between the county and each city and foster the collaboration necessary among all constituents to address issues and challenges.”

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