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4th Candidate Announces Run For Commissioner

Tracy Lewis said she would focus on jobs through economic development and be frugal with taxpayer money.

Republican Tracy Lewis, the fourth candidate to announce a run for commissioner of , said her No. 1 commitment and focus would be “jobs, jobs, more jobs,” which she would achieve through economic development.

“We have got to get industry back in here and get our people back to work,” Lewis said this morning at a Bartow GOP meeting. “We have got to get our builders and developers back to work.

“I want to, as commissioner, focus more and [have] a larger role in economic development than you’ve ever seen before.”

While Lewis, whose campaign slogan is "Bartow's Tomorrow...Together," has served with both the and state chambers of commerce and on the boards of Chattahoochee Technical College and , she owns .

Her campaign website says Lewis is a "solid, progressive businesswoman ... focused on results," who hopes to "build on the progress of the county with economic development, employment, growth and opportunity."

She points to her "long and extensive experience" in Bartow and "the relationships Lewis has built with policymakers, advocacy groups, civic organizations and business leaders,"  adding she's committed to improving education and "taking care of" elderly residents.

Lewis' No. 2 and No. 3 priorities would be to govern as a “good steward of your money,” citing her thriftiness and frugality, and make “the best decisions” for all 100,000 Bartow citizens—blue, white and even pink collar, she said during the announcement.

A graduate who earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Berry College in Rome, Lewis said she wants to run the county on a business model, as she's done with several companies, reported.

According to Cartersville UNCUT, Lewis is the sister of State Transportation Board 11th District representative and former State Rep. Jeff Lewis, a Republican who represented the 15th District from 1992 through 2008, when voters instead chose current State Rep. Paul Battles, R-Cartersville.

While current and longtime Bartow County Building Inspector into the ring for the county's top job, two more also have announced runs—.

starts May 23 at 9 a.m. and ends May 25 at noon.

Hal Smith January 28, 2012 at 10:50 PM
What is "pink collar"? Not sure what "blue" is either - "white" I got - I think???.
Katherine M January 29, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Tracy is a sweet lady, but I don't see her winning this.
LovesBartow January 29, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Tracy will make a great commissioner. Her knowledge of business and her love for Bartow County is a win win for everyone.
Brande Poulnot January 29, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I think "pink collar" refers to jobs traditionally filled by women, as in nursing or clerical work. Blue collar is the working class, including manual labor type jobs. Anyone else have different definitions?

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