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Merriwether County Council candidate lays out qualifications, plans for change

web posted May 27, 2008
Dear Editor,

My name is Genia Blackwell and I am offering to serve the Merriwether Community as the representative for the County Council 5th District. Having been born and raised in Merriwether, and now raising our own family here, I have seen the changes our community has experienced over the years.

Albert Einstein once said, "Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living."  That is part of the reason that I have decided to run for county council, the fulfillment that is received from being of service to others. I believe that I will be a voice for the residents of the Merriwether district and I am excited about the opportunity to make a positive difference. 

Being in the financial services business for over 20 years and nationally recognized for my abilities and knowledge, I believe there is too much wasteful spending in our county budget. This is an area where I believe my business management expertise will allow me to make definite positive changes. I will approach the budget from a standpoint of the priority of needs in our community and county rather than current frivolous spending in other areas.

I truly believe that it is time for a reengineering of our county offices and we need to move forward in a positive direction rather than languish in the stagnation that comes from those who keep repeating the mistakes of the past twenty years. It is time for new ideas, new direction, and new heights to be reached in our community and our county.

I would also like to review the process of county employee reviews and reward those who are performing and set goals as well as provide a process for candid feedback from county employees and citizens. If employees are not empowered to perform, they won’t.  However, if there is accountability for high performance, then ownership is taken by the employee and better results are given. I would like to see each employee spirited to perform at their highest potential because they are proud to be a county employee who is there to provide residents with a service.

I believe our law enforcement and emergency responders are stretched far too thin. They are covering a large county with only three deputies on duty at any given time and only two ambulances to provide emergency medical services. Our safety, as residents of this county, should be of utmost importance to those elected to serve us and I believe our current council members have allowed these areas to be ignored far too long.

We, in the Merriwether Community, need to all be aware that North Augusta is actively trying to annex into our community. They are currently purchasing property and annexing despite the rejection of their efforts by our neighbors. I believe that our current county council has disregarded providing proper services to the Merriwether area in an effort to aid the City of North Augusta’s efforts towards annexation. Rectifying this situation will be a very high priority of mine as your representative.

I believe that we should take measures to alter the path that has been chosen for us by others and improve our community allowing it to be recognized as the best place to live while keeping North Augusta from taking control of our peaceful community. This can be done, but the proper representation is needed to make this happen and I believe I have the professional background and the love for the community to bring about the changes Merriwether needs.

I will be a voice that will be heard on our county council and I will stand with you to do what is right for our community. I will always be available to speak with any resident in order to provide the utmost constituent service and address your concerns at the county level. 

I ask for your support in the June 10 Republican Primary, together we can make a difference.

Email: gb4cc@yahoo.com

Genia Blackwell


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