Former commissioner seeks board seat, touts experience
by Jessicah Peters
July 16, 2014 12:00 AM | 2835 views | 2 2 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Larry Singleton
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A former Cherokee County commissioner is seeking a seat back on the board, and said his experience and knowledge of the county’s issues is what sets him apart from his opponent.

Larry Singleton is vying for another chance on the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners, but he will first face Woodstock Planning Commissioner Kenneth Scott Gordon in the July 22 runoff.

Singleton, 55, served on the Cherokee County BoC from 1999 to 2003.

“I am the only candidate with experience, and experience matters. There will be no learning curve when I take office,” Singleton said. “But the most important part about being a commissioner is about providing access to one’s constituents and providing excellent customer service. I am the only candidate who openly displays my cell number everywhere and encourages folks to call me anytime, night and day.”

Singleton said he’s never stopped involvement with the critical issues, such as economic development, smart growth, transportation and education.

During his term as a commissioner, Singleton said he was influential in widening Eagle Drive, adding sidewalks on Towne Lake Parkway and beginning construction on the Georgia National Cemetery near Canton.

He said his focus this year is to provide a more responsive government.

“I have personally knocked on over 3,000 doors and spoke with many of my potential constituents in District 4. And the No. 1 complaint is that no one returns their calls, and no one listens to their needs,” Singleton said. “This is the reason why I decided to run for office. I have a proven reputation for both listening and being responsive to the folks in District 4.”

Singleton said he also plans to focus his attention on the traffic gridlock in south Cherokee and thinks his 20-year history working in the transportation industry will give him a unique perspective in dealing with the problem.

But in order to find a solution, all elected officials must be on the same page, he said.

“We must all be on the same page and present a unified voice to the Georgia Department of Transportation, in order to work towards alleviating our traffic problems,” Singleton said.

Another issue Singleton is prepared to face is the possibility of a tax increase during his term. He plans to only support an increase if it is necessary.

“I would have to look hard at the budget and all other avenues before raising taxes,” he said.

His support for public safety is also something he said he hopes to continue if elected. Singleton said he has always been a supporter of Sheriff Roger Garrison, “who has done an excellent job in handling our public safety issues.” Singleton said he will attentively listen to Garrison and be responsive to the needs of all public safety officials.

“The most important part about being a commissioner is about providing access to one’s constituents and providing excellent customer service,” Singleton said. “I am the only candidate who openly displays my cell number everywhere and encourages folks to call me anytime.”

Singleton moved to Cherokee County in 1986 and into District 4 in 1994. He is married to Susan with three children, Trey, Nicholas and Betsy.

For more information about Singleton, voters can call him personally at (770) 924-8421 or reach out to him via his Facebook page “Larry for Cherokee.”

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anonymous
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July 17, 2014
The guy has ideas that most only hear from dangerous extremists. Please get some help, Mr. Singleton.
Ben57
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July 17, 2014
Singleton is also the only candidate that owes the IRS almost $200,000 and is paying it off $3,000 per year (yes, he paid $13K last year, but he also didn't pay $10K of his 2013 tax debt). The risk that he'll make decisions that help his business is too high to justify voting for him.
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