Buck Davis is the Republican incumbent for County Commission District 2.
Davis, who has served on the commission 16 years, said that the commission has accomplished a lot while he has been a part of it. He pointed to paving projects, new county facilities and updates to fire department equipment through the special-purpose, local-option sales tax.
Davis said his knowledge from previous experience working independently in paving helped in knowing what needed to be done. He pointed to the Lukken Industrial drive extensions on the north and south and LaGrange loop project as results of the commission’s work.
Davis said he also was part of making an agreement with Caterpillar for leased equipment for county road work that helped save the county more than $200,000.
He said the project has helped save school operations by cutting down about 7,500 miles of bus travel per year. The new road also helps with faster emergency response to the north end of the county and helps people have easier access to retail in the area.
Davis said he has helped secure more fire services for his district in recent years.
The commission has worked to secure more jobs in the county while he was on the board, Davis said. The commission was instrumental in getting Kia and subsequent suppliers to the area.
The County Commission is giving taxpayers “the best bang for their buck,” Davis said. He said he understands that the economy is making it harder for families, but that the commission is working to operate the county budget in the most efficient way possible to save tax payer money.
Commissioners also have to try and find ways to make the county more economically lean while the state makes more mandates that put financial burdens on local governments, Davis said.
There are 38 departments in the county, and Davis said a commissioner has to try and keep them all running efficiently, while making sure they have what they need to stay up and running. Commissioners also have to look at every issue that comes to them from those departments.
Davis said he constantly fields calls from his constituents and works with county agencies to help solve their problems. He’s received calls ranging from a child getting bitten by a raccoon to complaints on roads and ditches. Sometimes an issues needs to be taken before the commission at a work session to help resolve it.
Davis said he is looking forward to four more years of service as a commissioner and running an effective and efficient Troup County government.