Bowersville candidates vie for posts

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Early voting is set to begin Oct. 14 and run through Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the
elections board office at 182 Cade St., Suite C, in Hartwell. The election will be held Nov. 5. Call 706-376-8911
or visit www.hartcountyga.gov/electionsboard.html for more information.

  • From left to right are Ted Yeargin, Alicia Barnett and Melissa Holloway.
    From left to right are Ted Yeargin, Alicia Barnett and Melissa Holloway.
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Post 1
Alicia Barnett, 34, Bowersville
• Family: Wife and mother four boys, ages 3 to 15 years old
• Career: Mother, volunteer, former town events coordinator
• Why are you running? I would love to have the opportunity to represent you on the Bowersville Town Council. I have been volunteering for the town for about a year now and have organized and put on a few of the past events including the Easter egg hunt and park cleanup. I want to be your voice of reason if you have an issue or a problem that you would like me to work on I would love to represent you.
 • What do you hope to accomplish should you be elected? I have been the little man my whole life and finally have the opportunity to make our voice matter.
• What is the most important issue facing Bowersville right now? With the inevitable growth that is going to happen in Bowersville due to the Georgia 17 Freight Route, it is up to us as citizens to decide how this will affect us. I would love to keep Bowersville a small town, but with the ability to sustain itself. We need to plan the work and work the plan. Right now thanks to the UGA Archway Program we have some beautiful designs and ideas for the old gin building and the park. You can see those at Bowersville Town Hall.

Melissa Bailey Holloway, 45, Bowersville
• Family: Married to David Holloway and mother of two sons, Colt and Hunter. Grandmother of Reagan.
• Career: Special education teacher at many different grade levels.
• Why are you running? I have lived in Bowersville my entire life. My dad was the mayor for 40-plus years until he retired four years ago. From the day I was born I have been a member of this community.   This community is different in that it is a small quiet place to live and grow. I feel it is time to represent and support the people of this community. The citizens of Bowersville are loyal, loving people who care about their town. I want to represent and show them the respect they deserve.
• What do you hope to cocomplish should you be elected? I am a team player. There is no I in team. We must work together to see change and move forward. We need each other to accomplish things. I feel that we need to begin working together as a community. I also feel that we need to establish a strong relationship with our county. As I say, “We are in this together for the same reason.”
• What is the most important issue facing Bowersville right now? People are hurting right now. We need to work to repair relationships in our community and with the county. I hope to be a part of mending relationships, getting Bowersville back on track and moving forward to great things.

Post 4
Stacy Bennett , who qualified to run for the Post 4 seat, told The Hartwell Sun this week that she is dropping from the race.
Ted Yeargin, 50, Bowersville
• Family: Married to Christy Yeargin. Father of two sons, Colt, 19, a UGA student, and Ty, 16, a sophomore at Hart County High School
• Career: Ted and his wife own and operate the poultry and cattle farm his aunt and uncle started in 1959.
• Why are you running? For 43 years I have been a member of this community and I think that it is time to represent all of the people and businesses equally. At this point in my life, it’s important to be a voice for my community. Not only has Bowersville been my home for 43 years, but it has been where I have been able to make a living in the agricultural industry.
• What do you hope to accomplish should you be elected? If elected, I hope to mend relationships, represent the citizens, to create a structured order to the business of the town and maintain all the commodities Bowersville has.
• What is the most important issue facing Bowersville right now? I feel that at this point, the biggest issue Bowersville is facing is the damaged relationship with the county. I hope to be able to restore those relationships and help to move forward in the future working with Hart County.