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Posted: April 6, 2012 9:50 p.m.

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Banes to run for District 5 BOC seat

In the wake of Tim Fleming's decision to not seek re-election, Democratic candidate Marcello Banes officially kicked off his campaign for District 5 County Commissioner.

Banes, 35, said he wants to bridge the gap between elected officials and citizens.

"I've been in the district for 12 years, and the people here feel like they don't have a voice and don't know what's going on in their district," Banes said Tuesday night. "Most people say don't know who their county commissioner is, but the community needs a voice. How can you know what the people want if you're not hearing from the people? I plan to be that voice for the citizens of District 5."

When asked about his platform, Banes said he wants to address the smell emanating from the landfill, which is located in District 5, and he wants to devote more money to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

"I feel that we need to look at a different approach with the landfill. Right now the landfill is looked at as a negative thing in our county," Banes said.

"I feel like we need to help the sheriff's office out more. Currently, they're running nine deputies on the weekend, which is a big problem for Newton County. Safety is a big issue out in District 5. We also want to try to develop neighborhood watch programs to help patrol."

Banes formed TPC Cleaning Services in 1995 and oversees five employees as the current president. TPC specializes in removing logos from buildings and commercial trucks and trailers.

He said his clients include transportation companies J.B. Hunt, Knight Transportation and Swift Transportation and higher education institutions Emory, Georgia State and Kennesaw State universities and Georgia Institute of Technology. He said the company does a lot of work outside the state.

Banes graduated from Newton County High School and took college business courses at Middle Georgia College and DeKalb Technical College for three years but did not graduate.

He is an ordained minister and attends Hope Baptist Church. He and his wife, Shemika, have three children.

Banes can be reached at (678) 653-5328 or by email at

"I think I would bring honesty to the board. I would bring accountability to the board, and lastly, I would bring trust to the board," Banes said when asked why people should vote for him. He also touted his slogan: Believe, begin, become a better Newton County.


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