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Clayton County Board of Commissioners District 2

Gail Hambrick (I)

Gail Hambrick, 62, has represented District 2 on the county Commission since 2009. She said she is running for re-election because, “I want to continue to serve the Clayton County residents while improving the quality of life and completing projects in Economic Development, Parks and Recreation [and] Public Safety.”

What do you think the Clayton County Board of Commissioners should do to improve its relationship with the city governments?

“I am always open to working with all the municipalities in the county. My first priority is the concern of Clayton County including each city. The city officials know I am open to work with them at any time. As far as the service delivery is concerned the Board of Commissioners is obligated to follow State law.”

How do you feel the county government can be more transparent and inclusive with the public?

“I think our county government is transparent. We have one of the most transparent web sites in the State of Georgia, and it has been recognized as such. Having public comments at the end of the meeting gives the public a chance to comment on actions taken on that evening. It is an immediate response to what has transpired on that evening.”

Do you feel there is wasteful spending in the county's budget (And please explain where you feel the waste is)?

“There is no wasteful spending in the county's budget. Our general fund provides for services that have to be done according to State law; Public Safety, Courts, Libraries, Parks and Recreation [and] Senior Services. Clayton County's Finance Department has done a very good job. We continue to maintain a high financial rating, Moody's 3rd highest.”

Thomas Houston

Thomas Houston, 34, is a branch manager who has lived in the county for much of his life. He said he is running for the Commission District 2 seat “to give a voice to citizens who are looking for solutions to key problems in their community.”

What do you think the Clayton County Board of Commissioners should do to improve its relationship with the city governments?

“Per both sides one of the key issues is communication. Communication is not taking place throughout the year only close to important deadlines. I would like to see the governing bodies communicate more often. One idea would be to have a mini-retreat for the city and county governments before their individual retreats. All the municipalities can share goals and desires for the year. This way we can attempt to eliminate duplication and discuss potential issues before they arise.”

How do you feel the county government can be more transparent and inclusive with the public?

“Like other government entities I would like to tape our meetings. We can then either post them on public access television or online. This would give people an avenue to stay informed at a time that is convenient for them. As the county government we have the ability to e-mail our citizens, communicate with them through their water bill, or post every notice at key intersections in the county.”

Do you feel there is wasteful spending in the county's budget (And please explain where you feel the waste is)?

“The only area of concern in this year’s budget is the Capital Fund. We were able to balance the budget by removing $100 million in Capital Funds. Does that mean we expect minimal infrastructure improvements next year? Or does our growth solely depend on additional state funds that we won’t get because we don’t have a signed service delivery agreement? In either case, we may need to revisit that portion of the budget.”

Lisa Tinch

Lisa Tinch is a retired single mother of two children. She said she is running for the Commission District 2 seat because she feels she “possesses uncanny ability to connect the communication between citizens, business and government officials [and] therefore defines everything that is essential for progress and equality for Clayton County residents.”

What do you think the Clayton County Board of Commissioners should do to improve its relationship with the city governments?

“In order to improve the relationships between local city governments; the county should be able to conduct quarterly meetings to better address the concerns of local governments. This creates an open door for communication for all leaders. Secondly, the county should show more efforts to include the local governments with annual event or promote common initiates.”

How do you feel the county government can be more transparent and inclusive with the public?

“We all must realize that the residents of the county are our major stockholders. Taking away the public’s right to comment will only cause more lawsuits and disgruntled residents. The public must feel as though their opinions and concerns are being heard and properly addressed the concerns that affect resident daily.”

Do you feel there is wasteful spending in the county's budget (And please explain where you feel the waste is)?

“I am unable to answer that question at the moment. In order to properly answer that question we must review the current spending of the county up to date.”