A local truck driver with deep roots in the community officially announced on Monday he will run for the Dawson County Board of Commissioners District 2.
Tim Davis, 60, qualified to run for the position currently held by James Swafford, who will not seek a third team.
"I have a strong desire to see that everything is done that is possible to better all of Dawson County as we grow and prosper through the next years," he said.
A lifelong resident of Dawson County, Davis is employed with T.W. Phillips Grading and believes his experience in the construction industry will be an asset on the board of commissioners as the county continues to grow.
"I am experienced in construction, grading, land clearing, and all facets of construction and land preparation," he said. "I would welcome newcomers and new commercial growth as it provides jobs, income, and access to all."
He acknowledges that along with the growth, there will be a need to improve current infrastructure.
"Roads and improvements are needed and I will work hard with the state and federal funding agencies to see that Dawson County gets our part of these funds to provide improvements for our county," he said.
As a city of Dawsonville resident, Davis said he believes a strong alliance will be beneficial for both government entities.
"The City of Dawsonville is a vital part of our county's growth. I will work with and support the city's elected officials to promote growth and enterprise," he said.
A proponent for children and families, improving park facilities, medical offerings and public service are also high on his list of desires for his county.
While Davis is a political newcomer, his family has roots in Dawson County government.
His father, John Davis, served as sheriff for eight years in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.
"Law enforcement is important. I will work with all to ensure the safety of our children and all citizens," he said.
He and his wife Shirley attend Goshen Baptist Church. They live in the area of Shoal Creek Road, near downtown Dawsonville.
Former city councilman Chris Gaines has also qualified to run for the seat. Both are running as Republicans.
Since there were no Democratic qualifiers, the winner will most likely be determined in the general primary election held May 24, unless an independent candidate files.