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Grady County Commission District 5: Cecil Rash/T.D. David

Cecil Rash

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?
Candidate did not answer.
PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:

Candidate would not provide an ordered rank of services.
PLEASE EXPLAIN YOUR FIRST AND LAST CHOICES. HOW WILL FUNDING YOUR SERVICE PRIORITIES AFFECT TAX RATES IN THE SHORT AND LONG TERM?
Candidate did not answer.


IN THIS TIME OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE GRADY COUNTY'S ECONOMY?
Candidate did not answer.

IF ELECTED, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO USE YOUR POSITION TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CITIZENS?
Candidate responded to questions with a statement outlined in his political flyer:
I seek the office of county commissioner because I care about the thriving success of the community. It is a place where I can be of service watching the spending, promoting the consolidation of services, reducing regulations, encouraging job creation and any other worthy project that is brought to my attention.



BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE

Retired from the City of Cairo after 11 years as finance director and have continued work as a certified public accountant (CPA). I grew up in Cairo and brought my family back here in the mid-1990s. My parents lived out their lives here. I was educated in the Grady County school system graduating from Cairo High School in 1962. I have an associate’s degree from Middle Georgia College and an accounting degree from Valdosta State College (now University). I’ve worked in public and private accounting roles throughout my career. My wife, Sue, and I have been married 41 years. We have three children and four grandchildren. We are active members of First Baptist Church, Cairo, Ga.

T.D. David

FACED WITH TOUGH BUDGET CHOICES IN THE COMING YEARS, AS COMMISSIONER, WOULD YOU BE MORE IN FAVOR OF CUTTING SERVICES OR SECURING ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO BALANCE BUDGETS?
PLEASE RANK THE FOLLOWING SERVICES IN ORDER OF YOUR GREATEST TO LEAST SUPPORT:

Ranking services provided to the public in order of importance is as impossible as it is to rank your children in order of your love for them. It just can’t be done. Every service earns its own level of attention. It is the duty of the county commissioner to make the difficult decisions that deal with funding. I am a fiscal conservative, which, to me, means never obligate yourself to spend money you don’t have! Trim all excess from expenses, but if it’s apparent that more revenue is needed to provide essential services, then provide that revenue. A commissioner should not fall victim to the narcotic of his own office, but should always stand tall and vote his conscience.

IN THIS TIME OF HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, WHAT ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE DONE TO IMPROVE GRADY COUNTY'S ECONOMY?

All Grady Countians must be good stewards of the assets and resources of our county. This economic downturn is temporary. We must take care of our homes, keep trash in its place, maintain the infrastructure that provides everyone with jobs. We must not squander or abuse that which will help us pull ourselves up by our own bootstraps. We must keep the faith and be each others’ keepers.

IF ELECTED, HOW DO YOU PLAN TO USE YOUR POSITION TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF CITIZENS?

Local government officials must remember their purpose is to provide the people with much needed benefits, otherwise unaffordable from sources smaller than government. Accordingly, officials must realize very little error is permitted or those benefits will change into burdens. A serious examination of benefit versus cost is essential.

BIOGRAPHY BY CANDIDATE

T. D.'s original home was Blackshear, GA, where he was raised by his parents, Bennie and Lois David. They instilled in T. D. a strong sense of community, integrity and hard work that he carries with him today. He was graduated from Valdosta State, earning a BS degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He moved to Cairo in 1971, after serving active duty as an officer in the US Naval Reserve.
T. D. put his education to good use by working with W. B. Roddenbery Co., Inc. as their accountant, and later as controller. Following a 23 year career with Roddenbery's, he joined Ira Higdon Grocery as their controller and personnel director. He has held this position for the past 15 years.
Over the years, T. D. has enjoyed working in many local organizations, including having served as president of Kiwanis Club of Cairo, Grady County Unit of American Cancer Society, and the Men's Club of Cairo First United Methodist Church.
T. D.' s wife, Kay, has taught first grade at Eastside Elementary School for the last 22 years. They proudly boast of their five adult children, all who were raised right here in Grady County. Tad is an attorney in Tallahassee, Parrish is a realtor in Thomasville, Drew is a Duluth, GA businessman, Katie Minter Rozier is in social work in Warner Robins, GA, and John Minter is completing his final tour as a US Army officer. Their newest source of pride is their four grandsons, ages 2 to 13.
T. D. believes he has been extremely fortunate to live here in Grady County. Now he wants to give back something to the good people who have given to him for so long. One of the most meaningful ways to do this is by serving as county commissioner.
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