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Hendrix announces plans for re-election

POSTED: February 23, 2014 9:44 p.m.

With almost ten years of experience serving Barrow’s citizens, Commissioner Ben Hendrix has announced his intention to seek re-election this year.
Hendrix, who represents District 6 in Barrow, has been in office since 2004, when he was the victor in a special election to fill a vacated seat on the Board.
He was most recently re-elected in 2010, and said that in the past four years one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of is the county’s move to a manager-based government.
“This term, probably the single biggest thing that has come to fruition [is the county manager],” he said. “We were able to put together the new county manager form of government.”
Hendrix noted that the process – from a committee, to public forums to an eventual vote by citizens – had been a change.
“Like everything else, it’s not always the easiest thing to do,” he said of the growing pains. “I think we’ve made some progress. I think it’s going to work out.”
One of Barrow’s biggest issues in coming years may be its economy.
“Very high on the priority list is economic development,” Hendrix said. “We’re seeing some growth again.”
He noted that while progress has been slow, it is happening and said that the county needs to stay aggressive and work to try to bring more jobs to Barrow.
“I think it’s going to happen,” he said.
Another thing Hendrix would like to see happen? Working well together with other municipalities.
Hendrix noted that in each district, there are people who live inside city limits and outside them.
“We need to be responsive to both,” he said, adding that the decisions he makes are not just for those in the county but those in municipalities too.
He encouraged a better job of talking between the Board and mayors and council members of the cities in Barrow.
As for his place on the Board, Hendrix said he has a dual focus – District 6 and the county as a whole.
“I want to do the very best in what I can do for District 6 and all of Barrow County,” he said. “Those are my two main focuses. I take it very seriously.”
Hendrix tries to  learn what his constituents want by talking with them.
“Listen to people and what they want and what they would like to see happen,” he said. “Make decisions on doing the right thing … I really don’t like the term politician. I prefer public servant. I don’t want to be a politician, I want to serve the people of my district.”
Hendrix said he does not know of any opposition yet, but he will run his race as if he has a fellow opponent anyway.
“I’ll still go door to door and try to meet as many of my constituents as I can,” he said.  “ … I’m grateful for the support I’ve been given by the people in District 6 and the county in the time I’ve been a commissioner.”
Hendrix said he believes that his constituents know he is approachable – by stopping him when they see him out, or calling or emailing him.
“I don’t always have the answer,” he said, “but I’ll try to find an answer or find a solution. You need to be responsive to people when they have a concern … I pride myself in trying to find a solution.”
Hendrix’s seat is one of three that will be up for grabs this fall. Fellow Commissioners Isaiah Berry and Billy Parks (Districts 4 and 5) seats also will be up for re-election. So far neither have announced their intentions.



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joemartinaud: February 24, 2014 7:25 p.m.

Some one please run against him. Just because he's been in office for years is NOT reason to re-elect him. Look at his past record, NOT just the "I" next to his name.

It's time for the citizens of Barrow to change the last remaining airport GOB boys out of the BOC and replace with people who really have Barrow's best interest at heart and not just their own.

I wish I lived in his district so I could run against him.

joemartinaud: February 25, 2014 7:41 p.m.

So now the county news is censoring comments about the GOB set?

Let's see if it sticks this time!

Voters of Barrow -- now is the time to get rid of the remaining airport GOB commissioners! Look at Hendrix's record and not just the "I" next to his name. Just because he's been doing the job for years doesn't mean he doesn't (has) put his own agenda/interest above that of the citizens and small businesses of Barrow.

Someone needs to run against him! I can't because I'm not in his district. It's time to replace the last 3 airport GOB BOC



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