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May 10, 2014

Black says he's 'best fit' for post

THOMASVILLE — After spending 14 years in the Georgia House of Representatives, Ellis Black of Valdosta is looking to move. He is seeking the District 8 Senate seat.

Black opted for the Senate bid because he was encouraged by others who told him he is the best candidate to replace Tim Golden, who opted not to seek re-election.

He said, “The group who represents Lowndes County wanted someone who they believed would fit best in the Senate. After discussion, they and myself felt I’d be the best fit.”

During his House stint, Black proved to be dedicated to agriculture.

“Being a farmer has caused me to be very involved in agriculture legislation,” he said.

He began serving as representative on Jan.8, 2001. He has since served on many committees, including Agriculture & Consumer Affairs, Appropriations, Ways & Means, Reapportionment, and Defense and Veterans Affairs. Black was also named vhairman of the Livestock, Poultry & Aquaculture Sub-Committee of Agriculture & Consumer Affairs.

Black considers a tax reform bill he helped pass as one of his biggest accomplishments.

He said, “The reform was a big tax advantage for farmers. The agriculture community was very supportive of it.”

Black has also been instrumental in acquiring firefighting equipment for fire departments in the district.

“It was a great accomplishment to be able to replace the equipment, especially when money was so tight,” he said..

Black is a fiscal conservative who opposes the spread of Obamacare in Georgia. He also supports expanding and protecting Second Amendment rights.

Before serving in the Georgia General Assembly, Black was chairman on the Lowndes County Board of Education.

He said, “I have deep roots in education.”

According to Black, he is always available to his constituents.

“I’m retired and fully devoted to serving in this position. My constituents can always get ahold of me. My phone number is on my web site and when you call three things are going to happen. I will answer, my wife will answer or the answering machine will answer giving you my cell phone number. It’s my policy to always get back to my constituents,” said Black.

Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.

 

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