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Henry County Commission District 4 Republicans go toe to toe in primary
by Noreen Cochran
April 09, 2014 11:59 AM | 3785 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
May 20 is a key date in the fate of Henry County’s District 4 as the primary winner will walk away with the commission seat.

There are no Democrats in the primary, which means the race will be decided next month – or in the July 22 runoff – and not in the November general election.

The two Republicans battling for the office are the incumbent, Reid Bowman Sr., and challenger Blake Prince, both McDonough residents.

Bowman, 66, has lived in the county for 35 years.

He is the vice president of Stockbridge-based J.R. Bowman Construction Co. and graduated in 1970 from Atlanta Area Technical College, where he became a construction instructor.

Bowman is married with four children and nine grandchildren.

He said his top three issues are transportation, public safety and quality of life.

Bowman said he is the best person for the job because he is the most experienced member of the board.

“I have worked with the development authority to not only bring new jobs here, but have been successful in keeping jobs here,” he said. “Experience matters. Other commissioners have not completed a term yet. [I am the] only one on the board to complete a term and be in [his] second term.”

According to the county website, Bowman has continued his education.

“He has studied business law, insurance, real estate law, real estate appraisals, commercial and residential inspections,” it said.

Bowman said he is the only Henry County commissioner to have completed the advanced certification courses offered by the Carl Vincent Institute at the University of Georgia.

“Advanced certification took 18 months to complete,” he said.

 Prince, 40, has lived in the county for 36 years, less a four-year hitch in the U.S. Air Force.

He is the owner of J.B. Prince & Associates, a Stockbridge civil engineering and land surveying firm. Prince earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta in 2002.

He is married with one child.

Prince said his top three priorities are transportation, open government and fiscal integrity.

A political newcomer, he said he is the best person for the job because he is a conservative Republican, military veteran and engineer who will hold the line on residential over-development and meet with constituents quarterly.

“I have real-world common sense and possess the ability to make moral decisions that will help get Henry County out of the $77 million of debt we have accrued. As a registered land surveyor I am familiar with property values and will end the wasteful spending on land purchase like the $22 million golf course,” Prince said about the 2007 purchase of Cotton Fields Golf Club in McDonough. “As a civil engineer with 20 years of municipal experience I will focus on the traffic issues that face Henry County and put an end to the disjointed approach to traffic relief the county has been guilty of over the last several years.”

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