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November 2, 2013

Don Sims ‘passionate’ about Thomasville

THOMASVILLE — With a passion for Thomasville and more than three decades of economic development experience, Don Sims is seeking the Thomasville City Council at-large seat in the Tuesday election.

Sims said he knows how to obtain grants, sell the community and create jobs.

“A job is the most important social program in the world,” Sims explained. Jobs, he said, lead to good families and good homes.

Thomas County has 50 percent of the retail sales in a five-county area, with 29 percent of the population, Sims said.

The community’s population has not been “explosive,” and six four-lane highways traverse Thomas County, the candidate added.

“As a community, we’re 50 percent agriculture and 50 percent everything else,” Sims explained.

He said the community’s composition results in an enviable quality of life.

Sims thinks that as a Thomasville City Council member he can draw industry that will increase the tax base and provide jobs.

“If you bring in a larger tax base, it benefits everyone,” he said.

According to Sims, some people are afraid of change, which is inevitable.

“We have to be smart enough to work that to our opportunity,” Sims explained.

Some 24 percent of Thomas County residents live at the poverty level, he said, adding that the percentage calls for an effort to provide jobs.

“This is a team effort, and I am a team player,” Sims said.

The candidate said he can enhance the relationship between Thomasville and Thomas County governments and with regional and state officials.

Sims stressed that as a Thomasville City Council member, he can enhance economic development.

“It’s just a question of focus,” he explained.

 

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