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Posted: May 2, 2010 12:01 a.m.

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BOC District 4 - J.C. Henderson (D, Incumbent)

Incumbent commissioner Henderson last to announce


District 4 Commissioner J.C. Henderson officially announced Friday that he would be running for a fourth straight term on the Newton County Board of Commissioners.

The longest serving board member, Henderson said Friday he has been working hard to improve his community ever since he was first elected in the 1996 campaign.

He spoke about his efforts to help senior citizens gain tax-exempt status, a goal which was finally accomplished when 87 percent of residents voted in favor of a senior citizen homestead exemption on the 2008 ballot.

He also emphasized his involvement on the Newton County Recreation Commission to expand kids programs, and his push to bring more community services to District 4.

One of his shining moments was the 2005 SPLOST, when he secured funding for the renovation of Wolverine Field and the old Cousins gymnasium, as well as the Nelson Heights Community Center. The hope is for all three buildings to become community gathering points.

Henderson said he also worked hard previously to help build the Turner Lake recreation complex, and to renovate the old Cousins High School, which now contains Troy University, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Covington-Newton County 911 Center.

He said in addition to continuing his push to expand services, Henderson hopes to help bring more jobs to his district. He said the unemployment rate is in double digits in many areas, but could be 15 percent or higher in Covington’s poorer areas.

Although not in his district, he said the goal of adding jobs was why he supported the new Salem Road Wal-Mart that is scheduled to be completed in 2011. The store could employ around 300 workers.

He said he wants to hold public hearings on whether the county should change its alcohol ordinance to allow liquor-by-the-drink sales.

Basically, he said he wants to continue the work of the past 14 years. For more information or to help with his campaign, call Henderson on his cell phone at (770) 866-3621 or visit his campaign headquarters at 6163 Washington St.

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