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Bobby Johnson.

After almost a half-century of work with the U.S. Postal Service, Bobby Johnson was ready for retirement in 2012. Now, having caught his breath, he wants to return to public service, this time as a county commissioner.

Johnson, who served as Moultrie’s postmaster for 27 years, is running for the District 3 seat being vacated by Terry Clark, who is seeking the chairmanship of the commission. Johnson is opposed by Marc DeMott, a senior vice president of Ameris Bank.

“Now that I’m retired I have the time to continue serving the people of Colquitt County by utilizing my management skills attained through 40 years of management experience,” Johnson said.

A graduate of Thomas County Central High School and Birdwood Junior College, Johnson joined the Postal Service in 1966. His degree at Birdwood was in business administration, and the Postal Service provided him management and advanced management training at Postal Employment Development Centers in Memphis, Tenn., and Potomac, Md.

If elected, this will be Johnson’s first political office.

A key issue for the commission is an expansion of the tax base, Johnson said.

“We cannot continue putting the tax burden on property owners but need to develop ways to increase the tax base by getting new industry to locate here,” he said.

He said the county must continue to push the state to four-lane Highway 133 from Albany to Valdosta to help draw industry to the area.

“We must utilize our resources that we already have in place, such as Sunbelt Expo, Spence Field, the Municipal Airport, diving well, etc., to lure prospective businesses to locate here,” he said.

Both Johnson and DeMott are running as Republicans, so voters can choose between them in the May 20 primary. The winner will run unopposed in November’s general election and take office in January.

Early voting for the primary begins Monday at the Colquitt County Courthouse Annex.

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