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Race for commission develops in District 5
Incumbent will seek second term

Forsyth County Commissioner Jim Boff has announced he will seek re-election for a second term.

The Republican, who chairs the five-member panel, said he decided to run again based on his experiences in the first term.

"I think I’ve done a reasonable job as a commissioner," Boff said, "and plan on continuing to do a reasonable job for the county and for District 5."

So far, John Derucki is the only other candidate who has announced plans to seek the post in that district, which spans much of eastern Forsyth.

The seat is one of three on the commission up for election this year.

In District 4, which includes most of north Forsyth, incumbent Patrick Bell has drawn two challengers, Cindy Jones Mills and Bill Mulrooney.

Incumbent Brian Tam and Dennis Brown have announced plans to seek office in District 2, which covers much of south Forsyth.

All the announced candidates are Republicans.

Boff said if elected for another term, he would like to continue keeping taxes as low as possible and working to "weather the changing economy."

"I’d [also] like to focus on open government and having everybody at least have the potential to be aware of what the government is talking about and doing," he said.

Among his accomplishments, Boff said, are his "unbiased voting record" and work to obtain park property for his district.

He also cited his assistance helping a developer remediate a former landfill under open space property of a planned subdivision on Melody Mizer Lane.

"Over the past few years, I have tried to work for what was right especially for homeowners, apply common sense, consideration and fairness in my decisions," Boff said in a news release.

Boff is serving as chairman for the first time this year, having been elected earlier this month by his fellow commissioners to hold the role.

A retired salesman in the technology sector, he has lived in Forsyth County for more than 14 years with his family.

He and his wife, Cindy, have two daughters, Emily and Lillian. They attend Cumming First United Methodist Church.