That was the opinion of the three Douglas County commissioners up for re-election this year, who all say they will ask the voters for another term in this year’s elections.
They are, in alphabetical order, District 4 Commissioner Ann Jones Guider, District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell III and District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare.
According to Mitchell, elected officials continue to campaign, “because we want to make sure the decisions we make are in the best interest of Douglas County residents who we serve.”
Although none of the three commissioners believes the new, earlier candidate qualifying period of March 3 through 7 will impact their campaigns, Guider said the best message any incumbent can give is the service that candidate rendered.
Guider said fiscal responsibility and road projects are a priority in her campaign, in addition to seeing the new animal shelter, scheduled to be built at Deer Lick Park, “brought to fruition.”
“We have done a lot of improvements to our main arteries but still have a ways to go, especially in the area of West Stewart Mill Road and [Ga.] Hwy. 5,” she said.
Mitchell, who was Douglasville’s mayor pro-tem for a record seven years, said his campaign has as its main message fiscal responsibility and being a great steward of taxpayer dollars.
“I am dedicated to examining each capital project brought before us and making sure Douglas County can afford it,” he said.
Mulcare said that as a 28-year Douglas County taxpayer, he wants and expects taxpayer dollars to be spent wisely and conservatively and believes this has been achieved while he has been on the commission.
“The county commission has managed its fiscal responsibility skillfully and our staff should be applauded for constraining the cost of services,” Mulcare said. “The 2014 budget is only 2.5 percent higher than six years ago.”
The candidates said they are proud of their accomplishments during their terms but each sees their goals, as Mulcare does, of being “works in progress.”