CUMMING — The Forsyth County Board of Voter Registrations and Elections welcomed two new faces Monday as the panel grew from three to five members.
The addition of Ralph Davis and Randy Ingram, with one each from the two main local political parties, has been in the works for some time.
The expansion was approved by the state legislature last year. Officials have said it will guarantee fair representation if a member from one of the two parties were to miss a meeting.
Davis will join Joel Natt as a Republican Party representative on the board. Natt was appointed to the panel in February after longtime member Doug Sorrells stepped down due to health concerns.
Davis said he has been involved with the local GOP for about a decade.
“I’ve been interested in politics for a long time, but never have run for anything or wanted to be appointed and just wanted to help,” he said. “I knew this position was coming up a few years ago when it came up in legislation.”
Davis said his goal on the board will be to keep Forsyth’s place as one of the top counties for voting in Georgia.
“I think that it’s one of the most important things that we’ve got to do is to make sure that everybody that has got the right to vote gets to vote, keep Forsyth County in the frontrunner of this,” he said.
Ingram will represent the Democrats long with established member Matthew Blender. Ingram said he was familiar with working on elections in the county.
“I’ve been active in the Democratic Party now for about the last seven years and I’ve been holding the office as a representative, which during the voting I sit with my Republican counterpart and we review the write-in ballots,” he said.
Ingram is a recent retiree from the Forsyth County school system and a retired U.S. Army captain who served in Vietnam. He is active in the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Association of America, a group he said that inspired him to take this position.
“The [group] has a motto, ‘Service to America,’” Ingram said. “I’m hoping in my small way, I can’t serve America, but I can serve the residents of Forsyth County.”
The new members will serve four-year terms. The fifth member of the panel, Donald Glover, serves as the board’s chairman and is appointed by a Superior Court judge.