As he takes “precious cargo” to school every day on his Hall County school bus, Stephen Hendrix now will help steer Oakwood government from his seat at the City Council table.
And he’s ready to take office Jan. 1.
“I’m concerned with everything,” Hendrix said, when asked to single out key issues. “I live here, I’m raising a family here and I work here.”
Hendrix won the Post 1 seat in the Nov. 7 election, unseating longtime incumbent Sam Evans for his first four-year term.
It also will be his first foray into politics, even though he’s long been interested in local government.
“It’s something that has always intrigued me,” Hendrix said. “With the presidential elections, I’m (paying attention) to it more.”
“Being out in the community so much,” he added, “residents have always told me they wanted me to run. They thought I would be good for Oakwood.
“Back of my mind, I’ve always wanted to do it too. So, I thought this (year) would be a good time (to seek the office).”
Hendrix, a DeKalb County native who grew up in the Gillsville area, also works for McGee’s Cleaning Services, an Oakwood-based septic tank cleaning and service company.
“I’m particularly concerned with the business aspect of (local government),” he said.
He has worked for McGee’s since 1998 and driven a school bus since 2009. He moved to the Oakwood area in 2000, when he got married. He and his wife, Melissa, have one son, Grant, 11.
Hendrix said he was still trying to familiarize himself with local issues, acknowledging that “I don’t know 100 percent of all that’s going on.”
But, he said in an interview before Christmas, he had planned to meet with city officials to get more oriented on the issues.
Hendrix doesn’t have any hot agenda items of his own, other than “keeping (Oakwood) a small, family-oriented town. I want to (ensure it is) business-friendly.”
But there is one obvious thing that strikes Hendrix — heavy traffic.
“With (driving) the bus and doing the business, I’m always on the road, so I deal with traffic about as much as anyone would,” he said.