After 18 years of teaching the county’s youth as senior military instructor in the Junior ROTC program, Paul Nagy has volunteered for a new mission: county commissioner.
Nagy, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, is seeking the seat being vacated by Commissioner Ray Saunders. Also in the race are businessman Joe Kem Lacey and farmer Roscoe “Rocky” Herndon Jr. Voters will choose among them in the Republican primary May 20; early voting is already under way.
Nagy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Valparaiso University, and he’s an honor graduate of the Defense Intelligence College. He served 22 years as a commissioned officer in the Marines before helpng to create the Colquitt County High School Junior ROTC program18 years ago. He has served on the JROTC State Advisory Board for the Department of Education.
“Nearly 20 years ago my wife and I moved to Colquitt County,” Nagy said. “We passed up opportunities in other places and opted to settle here. We chose Colquitt County because we were impressed with the can-do spirit of its people.”
Nagy said he saw great potential in the community, and he still does.
“I believe Colquitt County can provide a quality future for all of our residents,” he said. “I have the leadership to help achieve that future.”
The economy and jobs make up the most important issue in the campaign, Nagy said, because that provides the tax money that allows the county to provide services to residents.
“Also, [a healthy economy] is critical in maintaining and strengthening the infrastructure that is essential for agriculture, which is the backbone of our community,” he said.
“My vision is to work hard providing quality public services while attracting businesses and individuals to this community,” he said. “Colquitt County has the assets and people to effectively compete against other areas in this region, and we need to get that message out.”