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Posted: May 22, 2012 9:14 p.m.

Native Maddox runs for commissioner

Newton County native Levie Maddox is the latest to throw his hat into a crowded race to fill the seat of District 5 Commissioner Tim Fleming, who is not running for re-election.

Maddox, 40, said he wants to bring fresh perspective and energy to the seat and believes his experience in customer service and manufacturing operations will help the county plan for the future, including continuing efforts to attract industry.

Maddox is running as a Republican.

"With my knowledge, experience and vision, I can assist the board in making informed and sound decisions to ensure that Newton County is competitive and attractive for economic growth and development, which enables the citizens to provide for the safety and stability of their families, for today and many generations to come," Maddox said in a press release. "I want to actively participate in securing the future of this county. I have a vested interest in this community. I plan to watch my unborn grandchildren grow up in the same county that I grew up in."


Platform
Maddox said he planned to develop views on specific issues as he talked with people on the campaign trail, but in general, he said he wants to promote job growth and economic development and help small businesses, while remaining fiscally conservative.

He said he wants to provide a new voice and work with the board and public using a positive approach.

"I'm a new player with a fresh, energetic perspective to pursue community needs. I don't have a grudge (against anyone) nor close friends (who are officials). I have no preconceived notions about how need to run business, Maddox said Friday. "All I have is a back bench perspective that tells me some subjects need to have a much more thorough study and review.

"My key theme is that I'm bringing a very energized and positive approach. We have a bunch of problems that I want to figure out (solutions to)."


Professional experience
Maddox works for LB Recycling, a metal recycling company on Washington Street. On a day-to-day basis, Maddox said he is responsible for working with customers, including sales and marketing, and exploring other potential avenues of revenue. He said LB Recycling works with businesses and local governments within a 60-mile radius.

Prior to working with LB Recycling, Maddox spent more than 11 years with the Bondo Corporation, which made all-purpose putty, and 3M, a leading consumer products company which purchased Bondo in 2007.

He said he was promoted numerous times in those companies, reaching the position of plant manager, where he oversaw manufacturing, the budget, purchasing, sourcing and some maintenance.

He also worked for four years for the former Bibb Company, which later was acquired by Dan River Corporation and is now Specialty Yarn Converting in Porterdale. He served as manufacturing supervisor, overseeing two departments and 20-plus employees.

Education
Maddox was born and has lived his whole life in Newton County, graduating from Newton County High School in 1990. He earned a bachelor of science in criminal justice from Georgia College, now known as Georgia College and State University.


Civic/nonprofit involvement
Maddox and his wife, Tara, and four children, Taylor, 15, Levie and Lexi, 13-year-old twins, and Ripken, 9, attend Eastridge Community Church and are active in county recreation programs.

"I always knew at some point that I wanted to be heavily involved in the community, and now is that time," said Maddox, who noted he hadn't participated with many official organizations in past years.

Maddox said he had the opportunity to take a lucrative job in Charlotte, but decided to move back home instead.

"I took the opportunity to be with my kids every day and get away from travel. Especially at the ages they were, it was time to come home," he said. "I figure this is where I'm going to be for the next 40 years, and there are some bright things that will happen for county, and I want to be a part of that."

Maddox can be reached by email at leviemaddox@gmail.com or on his cell phone at (770) 595-3179. He said he is developing website and Facebook sites, which are not yet active.

When asked why people should vote for him, Maddox said, "I think I have a lot of depth and qualifications, and the roots and ties locally. The ability to do the core job and beyond is there."

 

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