Signs and flyers pepper the roadways of District 5 in Colquitt County in anticipation of the upcoming commissioner race .
Incumbent Ray Saunders has served as District 5's commissioner for more than a decade. The 72-year-old farmer says he is thankful for his county's support throughout his time in office.
Now, he's asking the community to let him serve one last term.
Saunders says he is willing to give his all to serve the people of Colquitt County if they will give him the opportunity.
Saunders is running against Leroy Berry, Jr. WCTV attempted to contact Berry several times for an interview using the candidate's registration information from the elections office, but each time we called, a message said the line had been disconnected and we were unable to find Berry through a website or other social network.
Meantime - Saunders says his biggest concern is for the welfare of the county's citizens. He says recent budget cuts and higher tax rates have made it even harder for families who are already struggling.
"Our taxes is (sic) eating everybody up and causing hardships on everybody, and that's our big concern, is trying to work and keep taxes down."
But Saunders says he is also very happy with certain aspects of the community, and has a few projects he hopes to carry through into the next term, such as road improvements and a volunteer fire department that boasts over 14 stations.
Saunders says he will continue efforts to work with county employees to stretch tax dollars.
He says the opportunity to help others is what has inspired him through the past 12 years of the commissionership.
"I love people and the people have been so good to me throughout my life, you know. If it wasn't for people, what would I be?"
Saunders says he thinks his work will stand on its own when it comes time for voters to cast their ballots.
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