Board of Commissioner Lanier Sims will represent District 2 for four more years.
Sims defeated Ricky Corley 2,969 (53.4) - 2,545 (46.16%) on an election night sandwiched between a BOC meeting and work session. The rare Tuesday off gave Sims a chance to spend the evening with his family, which was what he did on Election Night, looking at results before precincts reporting and then again shortly after 10 p.m.
“There’s not many nights where there’s not a board meeting and I was just trying to enjoy the night regardless of the outcome,” Sims said. “First and foremost I just want to thank my family for allowing me to spend all these tireless nights trying to serve the county. Second want to thank all the citizens for all their support.”
It’s been a busy four years at the BOC for Sims, with not much time being busier than the last five months. The board has dealt with its share of issues, such as the 2050 Plan, Baseline Ordinances for a long-term county plan.
Then after the 2050 Plan dust settled, the board had controversy concerning a payroll loan.
“I plan on the next four being a better four,” Sims said. “I plan on having more citizen engagement. We’re in some trying times and we’re coming through them.”
One way Sims said he plans on getting through those times is the same way he spent the first four, visiting concern citizens in person.
“I think I‘ve been very responsive to all the citizens,” Sims said. “Anybody who has emailed or called me, I’ve probably been to their house and met them face-to-face. People respect that.”
Sims was respected enough to earn reelection, both in the general election and when he defeated Earnest Simmons in the primary to reach Tuesday night’s contest.