Candidates Gear Up for Elections in Grady County's 2nd District

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

With elections just days away, candidates in Grady County are gearing up to 'get out the vote' at the polls.

Charles Renaud and Billy Poitevint say, though they may be opponents, they are running a clean race:

Poitevint says,"You don't build yourself up by tearing somebody else down..."

Renaud concurs:

"I would rather tell you why to vote for me than hear why not to vote for somebody."

Incumbent Renaud and Poitevint both agree on key issues facing Grady county, but that doesn't mean they share the same opinion of how to handle them.

Currently, residents are asked to bring their trash to dumpster sites scattered throughout the county, where the waste is then collected.

Poitevint says, given the economic hardships the county is facing, this is the best solid waste management plan. He says, though the plan might not be the best, it's the best for right now.

Renaud, on the other hand, is interesting in exploring options that would allow solid waste to be 'buried less and recycled more.'

Another issue at hand is the Tired Creek Lake project, a multi-million dollar lake complex that has been in the works since the 1960s. Both candidates strongly endorse this endeavor, saying it will be a boon to the county, and something in which coming generations can take pride.

Renaud says his greatest desire to stay in office comes from the work he's already done:

"Grady County has a chance for change, and with change is a need for leadership. I believe in my first term, I have shown that I can lead, and that we can take Grady County to a better place."

Meanwhile, Poitevint says he has characteristics that Grady County residents want and need:

"I'm going to be a watchdog for the county's money ... and if it's not necessary, we won't spend it."

Both candidates say they are looking forward to serving the people of District 2 if given the opportunity next Tuesday (11/2).

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