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Election 2012: Commission District 2
Three seek seat on south end

Brian Tam (I)

Age: 52

Occupation: Owner, Bluegrass Foods and Forsyth County commissioner

Education: Bachelor’s degree in management from Purdue University

Background: Graduate of Leadership Forsyth, served nine years on local school councils, former president of Forsyth Restaurant Group, member of Forsyth County Republican Party and attends Browns Bridge Community

Family: Wife, Kelly, and three children

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Dennis Brown

Age: 51

Occupation: Retired from the U.S. Army

Education: Master’s degree in international business from Kennesaw State University; bachelor’s degree in human resources from the University of Alabama; graduate of the U.S. Air Force War College

Background: Member of First Redeemer Church, volunteer with There’s Hope Ministry, life member of Association of U.S. Army, life member of National Guard, and incoming commander of American Legion Post 307

Family: Wife, Suzy, two children and three grandchildren

Voters in south Forsyth’s District 2 are deciding whether to re-elect a two-term commissioner or welcome a newcomer.

Incumbent Brian Tam and challengers Dennis Brown and Scott Padis will appear on the July 31 Republican primary ballot. No Democrats are running.

Tam said he hopes voters will allow him to continue to represent the district and work with developers in shaping the fast-growing area of the county.

“My qualifications are eight years on the job,” he said.

Brown, who recently retired from a 30-year career in the U.S. Army, said he’s running “to try to make a difference in the county and take our county to the next level to achieve its full potential.”

Padis, who has not appeared at any local debates this campaign season, could not be reached for comment.

Tam said some of his goals if elected to a third four-year term include continuing “quality commercial development.”

“That will help keep our property taxes low,” he said.

He pointed to The Avenue Forsyth and the planned expansion of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth as some examples.

The Taubman regional mall project planned for south Forsyth will be of top priority, he said.

He hopes voters will keep in mind those projects as well as county amenities added under his watch.

In District 2, a senior center, recreation center, three green space parks and several road improvements have been completed in the past term.

Brown said he’ll bring new ideas and a different vision to the board.

His top goals include gaining water independence for the county, keeping taxes low and ensuring Forsyth the destination for new businesses, Fortune 500 companies and “quality residential growth.”

“I’m the candidate that will be accountable, serve [my constituents] ethically and always be accessible,” he said.

This is the first time the office will be elected by district-only voting, after the state legislature approved the change in 2009.