Election 2020

August 11 is the last day to decide who will represent Catoosa County’s District 3 on the Board of Commissioners. The candidates in this runoff race are incumbent Jim Cutler, who is serving his third term as a commissioner, and Catoosa County Coroner Vanita Hullander, who has served in that position for 24 years.

We asked the candidates two questions: Why should people vote for you and why shouldn’t they vote for your opponent. Here are their answers.

Jim Cutler

Why vote for me? I’ve had 12 years experience as a commissioner; I’m conservative, honest and trustworthy; I return calls from constituents; I and the commission have overseen tremendous growth for the county; we’ve replenished the county’s rainy day fund and brought in new businesses; we don’t spend foolishly; our revenue exceeds our expenditures; I’m proud of the endorsements I’ve received; we’ve had 110 miles of roads repaired and/or repaved.

Why not vote for my opponent? Lack of experience.

Vanita Hullander

Why vote for me? I can’t be controlled, bought, manipulated or bullied; I’ve served the county well for the last 24 years and utilized my elected position to help with a lot of social problems in the county; I’ve always been a team player; I have years of leadership experience; I have years of business experience with the businesses my husband and I own; I will get our infrastructure problems taken care of so we can attract more business; I stand on principles and will represent District 3 and the entire county with dignity and respect; I’m a true conservative who will keep property taxes low and will never try to sneak in a new tax.

Why not vote for my opponent? He’s become stale over the years and does not have the citizens’ interests at heart.

Things to know

♦ Catoosa County Commission District 3 includes all of Graysville and most of Ringgold. See a district map here https://8cf91f39-291b-4998-a426-ebd96c1f5294.filesusr.com/ugd/75265a_132f30db0bb94915aefb21cfb7fddba0.pdf

♦ Only those who voted the Republican ticket or didn’t vote at all in the June 9 primary can vote in this run-off. There is no Democrat run-off.

♦ Early voting is July 20-Aug. 7, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Thursday, Aug.6, which is 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

♦ Early voting locations are Freedom Center, 5238 Evitt St., Ringgold; Westside Voting Precinct, 3319 Lakeview Drive, Rossville.

♦ Final election Day is Aug. 11. People must vote at their assigned precincts on this day. Voting hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

♦ See a district map for the Catoosa County Board of Commissioners here: https://8cf91f39-291b-4998-a426-ebd96c1f5294.filesusr.com/ugd/75265a_132f30db0bb94915aefb21cfb7fddba0.pdf

Questions? Visit https://www.catoosa.com/elections or call 706-935-3990.

Tamara Wolk is a reporter for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga.

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