ELECTION 2012: Lee County Distric 2 - Ray Timms

Timms wants to put God, people in government

Ray Timms

Ray Timms

Ray Timms

Candidate: Ray Timms

Age: 52

Occupation: Heavy Equipment Technician

Post Sought: District 2, Lee County Commission

Family: Wife Melissa

Key Issues: Bring new industry into the area; Put the people back into local government; Return government back to one of its founding principles by including God

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Raymond Timms' wife Melissa tells people they meet that if Timms got on a random flight to Russia, he'd make 10 friends by the time the plane touched down in Moscow.

People who spend a little time talking with the affable first-time politician realize quickly that Melissa Timms is not kidding.

A heavy equipment technician who has worked with Caterpillar for 33 years, Timms' "desire to help people" and the encouragement of others convinced him to hit the campaign trail in a quest for the District 2 seat on the Lee County Commission.

To read about Timms' opponent, Luke Singletary, click here.

Timms said prayer led him to challenge for a Lee Board of Commissioners seat, and he assures voters that he will continue to seek Divine guidance if he is elected.

"I think there are two elements that are missing in national, state and local government today," he said. "I believe you have to get the people back involved, but more important is getting God involved. This nation was founded on the motto 'One Nation, Under God.' I think too many people in office now have forgotten that."

Timms had already decided to take the plunge and run for office when incumbent Commissioner Betty Johnson announced her decision not to seek re-election. And while the candidate said he has "the greatest respect for Miss Betty," he'd made up his mind to run for office no matter the competition.

"I wasn't going to run against Miss Betty then, and I'm not running against Luke (Singletary, his District 2 opponent) now," Timms said. "I'm running for an opportunity to try and make Lee County a batter place and to make the government more open to the people.

"I'm only asking people to vote their hearts. I have no intention of saying anything negative about any other candidate during this campaign."

Timms grew up in Stewart County but has lived in Lee County for the past 25 years. He said the county's growth in recent years owes a lot to the Lee County School System and to Albany and other area industries that provide job opportunities.

"I think it's vital that we work with the surrounding counties to bring industry to our area," Timms said. "Yes, we need more retail to bring in tax revenue, but the people in our region need jobs. This is something we all have to work on together."

Timms said that he not only plans to be available to discuss concerns with residents of District 2 and the entire county, but he intends to give the people back their voice in the local political system.

"I don't intend to go into office and start making all kinds of demands like I'm the new sheriff in town," he said. "I think we have a good group of commissioners, and I want to learn from them.

"But that doesn't mean I'm not prepared to speak up if I disagree with what's going on. If there's an issue that the people in the county bring to me, I'll pray about it and go into meetings prepared to stand up for my convictions. I believe the people of Lee County deserve that."


Cymru 3 years, 10 months ago

Tmms states: "I believe you have to get the people back involved, but more important is getting God involved. This nation was founded on the motto 'One Nation, Under God.' I think too many people in office now have forgotten that."

What Timms has forgotten is that the motto chosen by the founding fathers was "E Pluribus Unum". Wiki citation: "The modern motto of the United States of America, as established in a 1956 law signed by President Dwight D Eisenhower, is In God We Trust.[1][2] The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST as a motto for currency (but not as a National motto) first appeared on United States coins in 1864.[2]

The 1956 law was the first establishment of an official motto for the country, although E Pluribus Unum ("from many, one") had been adopted by Act of Congress in 1782 as the motto for the Seal of the United States and had been used on coins and paper money since 1795. Due to this act and uses, it had thus been unofficially considered to be the country's motto. The change from "E Pluribus Unum" to "In God We Trust" was generally considered uncontroversial at the time[citation needed], given the pressures of the Cold War era."

...and so it goes with the wishful thinking of many seeking public office.


billybob 3 years, 10 months ago

How about less god? This is not a theocracy. The Saudis and Iranians are all about more god in government. It's just that their god is a little bit of a mysoginist, violent guy. Less god, more humanity. More reason. More intellect. More logic.


1d2ec 3 years, 10 months ago

You are seeing the results of that now. We could use some wisdom>


newguy 3 years, 10 months ago

billybob...there is only one God....the other "gods" you mentioned are merely man-made idols. Man has no reason, intellect, or logic without God.


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