EAST FORSYTH — A race for the District 5 post on the Forsyth County commission is taking shape with the announcement that a second Republican candidate plans to run.
Chandon Adams, a small business owner and father of four, said he hopes to be a voice for those in the district.
“The main reason that I want to run for commissioner is because I want to be an advocate for District 5,” he said. “Advocacy runs in my family and I think District 5 needs a new voice.
“Obviously, we’re experiencing high growth, the schools are overcrowded and I think right now that the citizens don’t feel they have a voice.”
Incumbent District 5 Commissioner Jim Boff announced last week that he would not seek re-election to the post he has held since 2009.
Commissioners in Forsyth are elected by district-only voting. District 5 covers much of eastern Forsyth
Qualifying for the May 24 primary opened Monday and continues until noon Friday.
Justin Hawkins, a pharmaceuticals sales representative and fellow Republican, announced his campaign last month.
Adams, a native of Fayette County and a graduate of Georgia State University, said education is a big issue for him.
“I have four children and they’re all either in the public school system in Forsyth County or they’re about to be,” he said. “I want to make sure that we still maintain the level of education that Forsyth County is popular for and known for and also … the quality of life.”
Adams, who lives with his family in the Windermere community, added that he is also an advocate for smart growth in the county.