Billy Powell announced Friday his intention to seek re-election for a third term to his Post 2 seat on the Hall County Board of Commissioners.
“The people of District 2 have been gracious enough to allow me to represent them for two terms,” Powell said in an email news release. “The trust they placed in me is why I must continue to represent them on the commission. We have accomplished much during eight years, and we have more to do.”
Powell, a Republican, is a Hall County native and a commercial realtor who was first elected to the board in 2004. He was re-elected in 2008, earning 60 percent of the vote.
The primary election is scheduled for July 31. Qualifying for candidates is set for May 23-25.
Earlier in the week, Eugene Moon, a Gainesville marketing manager, announced his intention to run for the post, which includes areas of Oakwood, Murrayville and parts of Gainesville.
In the last four years, Powell and other board members have struggled to balance the county’s budget during times of reduced tax revenues.
“As a local government, we’ve fought shrinking revenues to keep a balanced budget,” Powell said in his announcement. “We did this by making difficult but necessary cuts to the county’s budget. We did it by not raising taxes. I voted against increasing property taxes. The citizens of Hall County are facing an increase in the costs of living and should not have to worry about an increase in property taxes during tough economic times.”
Powell and Chairman Tom Oliver, who also is seeking re-election, are currently the longest-serving members of the commission.
Also up for re-election this year is Post 1 Commissioner Ashley Bell, first elected in 2008. Commissioners Scott Gibbs and Craig Lutz were elected in 2010.
“My experience and continuity on the commission is even more important today,” Powell said. “The commission has been plagued with turnovers not conducive to exceptional public service, and I plan to help curtail that.”
Powell and his wife of 35 years, Helen, have three children and one grandchild. They are members of First United Methodist Church.