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Gibbs to seek re-election to Hall commission
Scott Gibbs 2013
Scott Gibbs

2014 election calendar

Candidate qualfying: March 3-7

Federal, state primary: May 20 (registration deadline April 21)

Primary runoff: July 22

General election: Nov. 4 (registration deadline Oct. 6)

State runoff: Dec. 2

Federal runoff: Jan. 6

Hall County Commissioner Scott Gibbs announced Thursday night he will seek re-election to his District 3 post.

Gibbs, 49, was first elected to the seat, which covers most of North and East Hall, in 2010.

The Republican and lifelong Hall resident and business owner holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting from the University of North Georgia.

He credits the current board for turning around the county’s financial problems over the last four years.

“The county was on dangerous financial ground when I first took office and the board had to make some big changes very quickly,” he said in a news release. “As a result of those changes, the county has gone from a $6 million to a $23 million general fund reserve, has employees off furlough days, has departments operating more efficiently and has done it all without raising property taxes.”

In the release issued after Thursday’s board meeting, Gibbs said he remains dedicated to improving the efficiency of the county’s current projects while planning for road, sewer and water projects to encourage economic growth. In particular, he is a supporter of sewer service along the Ga. 365 corridor.

“If re-elected, my primary goals will be to keep improving our infrastructure in order to attract business and encourage positive economic growth to this area, to continue keeping costs to taxpayers down while maintaining quality services and to help keep our citizens safe by adding public safety facilities, like fire stations and police precincts, where they are lacking,” he said.

“As the economy improves, I’d love to see us do more for the county employees that have done a tremendous job to help reach all these goals during some very tough times. I will also continue to encourage residents to call me with any questions or comments.”

Gibbs lives in North Hall County with his wife, Jennifer, and their son.

Qualifying for the May 20 primary will be March 3-7.