District 4 Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills said she has a lot she wants to accomplish if voters select her for a third term.
Mills was one of four candidates to qualify for the District 4 seat, which she has held since 2013, in early March and is facing challenges from fellow Republicans Kenny Anderson, Amy Barfield and Brandy Bevis in the Thursday, May 19 primary.
“I think that this election is really coming down to experience, and I think some are critical and saying two terms is enough or three terms is too many,” Mills said. “I think you can look at my record and see what I've accomplished in those two terms and see the great things going forward and see why I need one more term to finish it.”
Mills is a Forsyth County native and owner of a local trucking company and a former real estate agent. Prior to her time on the BOC, she served 11 years as a member of the county’s parks and recreation board.
“I've been very blessed to be able to complete a lot of things for District 4, but I have so many that are in the works right now that I would like to see through to completion,” Mills said.
Mills said those projects include the GA. 400 interchange and road widening projects on Hwy. 369, a project to use the historic Matt School building as a gathering spot for the community, projects at all north Forsyth parks, including a proposed dog park near the Forsyth County Animal Shelter, and working with developers to put new standards on old zoning in north Forsyth.
If elected to a third term Mills said projects she wants to continue with include the planned Coal Mountain Connector roadway, the proposed Coal Mountain Town Center, an industrial park near Ga. 400 and an east-west trail system through the district.
“I think that dealing with those old zonings have been a huge part of trying to control the growth," Mills said. “There are still 7,500 lots in District 4 that were zoned by other commissioners, and trying t get those to today's standards, to today's lot size, to today's architectural design, I think we've been very proactive in what we've been able to accomplish in that.”
Mills said she believed her experience as commissioner and relationships with other state leaders was vital to projects going on in north Forsyth.
“That's part of the experience, building these relationships,” “We were short on 369 on the interchange and the widening, and I have such good relationship with -[state transportation board member] Rudy Bowen and [GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry ] came up here and met with me about it, and [Lt. Gov.] Geoff Duncan was instrumental.
“We got $9 million more dollars... it's relationships and being able to communicate effectively. It's building trust. People have trust in you, you have trust in them, and that's what gets things done for your county and for your district.”
Outside of her normal role as a commissioner, Mills said she was also proud to have founded the Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council, which has hosted 11 drug summits in recent years.
“It's grown way past me, Mills said. It's such a great organization that it's got, we talk about ripple effects, which are the positive ripple effects of all the ways that organization is engaging people, whether it's parents, whether it's people in long-term recovery learning how to speak, whether it's rehabilitation and pointing people toward options they have, communicating with the counselor at Gateway Academy that our county helped pay for that gives kids direct access to therapy.”
More information on Mills' campaign is available at Vote4CindyJMills.com.