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Two more seek commission seat
Field for District 3 spot widens to four
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Forsyth County News
The District 3 commission race doubled in size this week as two new candidates declared their intent to run.

Incumbent Jim Harrell and Joshua Shorr will be challenged by Kyle Bevis and Todd Levent.

Bevis declined to comment about his decision, but Levent said after living in the county for nearly two decades, “my heart is totally in this.”

“I’ve just watched things go in a progression that most of my neighbors and friends have grumbled about,” he said. “A lot of people are concerned about the wasteful spending of money.

“I just want to … serve taxpayers and do the right thing for them and their tax dollars.”

Harrell, who recently announced his plan to run for a second term, said the new additions won’t really matter in his own campaign for re-election.

“I don’t know anything about them,” Harrell said.

The widened field would have an impact “in some way,” he added. “I’m just not sure in what way that is.”

Shorr said he is looking forward to addressing taxpayer concerns with the other candidates.

“I believe voters are ready for change in District 3 and that belief is reinforced by the entrance of two new candidates into this race,” he said. “My wife and I are excited and encouraged by the growing support for our common sense, conservative message and welcome our new opponents to the debate.”

Levent has spent most of his life along the Ga. 400 corridor, growing up in the Sandy Springs/Dunwoody area. He and wife Dana have two children, Jared, 14, and Alexandria, 11.

The decision to run, he said, was made by the whole family.

“We had to discuss this a lot before you take this on. It’s a big thing … it was a lot of years discussing this, it didn’t just come out all at once,” he said. “I’ve raised my family in the county for all these years and I’d just like it to be the best place to raise a family.”

Levin, 49, works in the construction industry, noting his business success comes from being “very conservative with the funds.”

“I’ve always been successful in business,” he said. “I have a real high integrity and I believe in doing the right thing.”

As new candidates, neither Levent nor Bevis had raised any money for their campaigns by March 31.

In his March 31 campaign contribution disclosure, Harrell reported about $3,600 in new donations during the past three months. In total, he has about $4,280 on hand.

As a first-time candidate, Shorr filed his first contribution report since announcing his intent to run. Shorr has raised a total of about $10,745, which includes a loan from his personal account of $2,500. He’s spent a portion of that on campaign materials, leaving him with about $7,645 on hand.