August 6, 2012 (Leesburg, GA): Lee County resident Tim Nelson submitted 24 petitions containing the signatures of 323 district four voters to Lee County elections supervisor Veronica Johnson earlier today. The requirement to qualify as an independent in this district was 168 signatures, Nelson stated, “I do not do things half-way, I worked up to the deadline to show the people of Lee County that I mean business.” Nelson is now set to challenge incumbent Rick Muggridge in the November 6th, 2012 general election for the Lee County Commission district 4 race.
Nelson has been carrying his message door to door for the past four weeks. He made his decision to run final when Lee County Code Enforcement failed to enforce its own sign ordinance against multi-message signs placed in support of T-SPLOST. He stated, “I was really upset when Rick Muggridge and the current commissioners attempted to place garbage fees on our tax bills, but when Mr. Muggridge refused to stand behind the sign ordinance he helped pass, I knew the citizen’s of Lee County deserved better representation.”
In order to qualify as an independent, Nelson had to pay the qualifying fee and additionally gather the signatures of 168 registered voters and submit them to election officials. Nelson commented on this process,” It was a challenge explaining to the people that the State of Georgia places additional measures for a candidate that is an independent to qualify for office, as part of their ballot access laws.” He continued,” I do feel this process will give me an edge going into the polls because I got to shake the hands and talk to over 300 homes with registered voters.”
Nelson vows to stay true to his free market principles should he be elected. “My goals are simple,” Nelson said. He said he plans to “stop using fees to support the general fund, cut frivolous spending on pet projects and work to make Lee County a better place to do business, by lowering taxes and reducing government involvement.”