BOBBY NEWMONS announced this week he will qualify to run for Grady County Tax Commissioner next year as a republican.
The election for Grady County Tax Commissioner is over a year away, but already at least one candidate is planning on running for the office.
Bobby Newmons, 48, a code enforcement officer and building inspector with Grady County, announced this week that he will qualify to run for the office of tax commissioner.
Barbara Darus, the incumbent, will complete her first term as tax commissioner on Dec. 31, 2020. On Tuesday, Ms. Darus said she plans to seek re-election next year.
“I would like to put my management philosophy to work to improve the business process of the tax commissioner’s office by making it better, faster, cheaper while continuing to strive for excellence in everything we do,” Newmons said this week.
The tax commissioner hopeful has been employed by the Grady County Board of Commissioners as a member of the Code Enforcement Department since August 2012. He organized his own small business, Newmons All Pro, in July 1998 and continues to operate it to this day.
Last year, in June, Newmons also organized a real estate investment business, Newmons Investments LLC.
“I am a small business owner and I have experience in business. I understand numbers and I know it takes ‘A’ and ‘B’ to get ‘C’,” Newmons said.
This would be Newmon’s first foray into politics, but he says seeking elected office is something he has thought about for some time now.
“I have nothing against any individual. This is just something I’ve wanted to do for awhile and after much prayer and encouragement I decided to make the decision to run for tax commissioner,” he said.
According to Newmons, county employees are not prohibited from seeking elected office, so he will not have to resign his county job or take a leave of absence to run for tax commissioner. However, he said he would be restricted from campaigning for elected office during work hours on work days. “That is not anything I would do in the first place,” he added.
Newmons says he will not ramp up his campaign until next year, but he said he wanted the community to know of his intentions to qualify to run for tax commissioner. He plans to run as a republican.
“If I am fortunate enough to be elected, I will work very hard each and every day for the taxpayers of Grady County. I will treat them with the utmost respect and I will maintain an office that offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere while always being centered on customer service,” Newmons said.
“We can accomplish more working together than at opposite ends. I have one goal in mind and that is to strive for excellence. We owe that to the taxpayers of the county. Together we can make a difference. Always remember, teamwork makes the dream work,” he added.
Newmons and his wife Staci, who is a deputy clerk in the office of the Grady County Clerk of Superior Court, have three sons: Jonathan, 30; Dalton, 19; and Ethan, 13. They have been active members of Family Worship Center for the last 15 years.
Newmons is also known to many in the community as the lead singer for the “Just Us Country Band” of which he has been a member since December 1999.
The Newmons reside at 157 Woodridge Lane, just north of Cairo. He is a Grady County native and attended school here. Newmons is the son of Billy Newmons and Jean Palmer, also of Grady County.