Tom Oliver is going to seek a third term as the head of the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
Oliver’s current term expires at the end of the year, and for months, the chairman has said he was unsure whether he’d seek a third term.
But he made his plans official Thursday, promising to fight for the elimination of furloughs and the return of pension and retirement benefits for county staff.
He will face former Hall County Sheriff Richard “Dick” Mecum in the July 31 primary.
“Ultimately, I want to create a Hall County that encourages our children and grandchildren to stay here, where there are ample job opportunities, a world class educational system, and a quality of life that you can’t find anywhere else,” Oliver said in a statement issued Thursday.
He also promised to steer the county toward a better economic future, which he said revolved around a planned reservoir that he said would secure future water supply.
And as the county seeks a permit to build the reservoir from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oliver argued in his campaign announcement that “continuity of leadership” is important throughout the process.
“The Glades Reservoir is Hall County’s road map to the future,” Chairman Oliver said. “The value of providing a reliable source of water for future generations is immeasurable. Hall County is very close to receiving a federal permit to move forward with this project, and it is important that we maintain a continuity of leadership throughout this process.”
Previous to his other two terms as chairman, Oliver served a four-year term as South Hall commissioner in the early 1990s.
Oliver is from Chestnut Mountain, where he owns and operates a poultry and cattle farm. He and his wife of 42 years, Sally, have three adult children and four grandchildren.