THOMASVILLE — House District 174 Rep. Ellis Black announced Friday that he will seek re-election to the State House of Representatives in the Democrat Primary.

District 174 includes all of Brooks and Echols and parts of Lowndes and Thomas counties. Black has represented this district for six years.

Black said it has been a great honor to represent the people of this area and to build relationships with fellow members of the legislature. He said he hopes to further advance the interest of the area as well as the rest of south Georgia.

Black serves on the Appropriations Committee, which is responsible for drafting the $18.6 billion budget for the state. He said that he takes great pride in helping secure additional raises for public safety personnel and in being able to increase the retirement benefits for the Public School Employee’s Fund.

Other funding issues he was involved in was getting a greater share of the fees collected for the solid waste fund paid back to the counties and cities which are doing this work.

Black also serves on the Agriculture Committee and was one of the leaders in getting increases in the funding for the College of Agriculture and the Extension Service. Another challenge was met when attempts were made to reduce funding the Vocational Agriculture program.

Black’s service on the Public Safety Committee gave him a role in Courtroom Safety Bill that was passed this year.

“There is much work yet to be done and though I’m not on the Education Committee, I have been very active in education issues and I pledge to continue to work in support of our schools and teachers,” Black said.

A life-long resident of the Clyattville area of Lowndes County, Black is married to Aletha Black and they have three grown children and three grand daughters.

Ellis and Aletha Black are longtime members of the Clyattville United Methodist Church. Prior to being in the legislature, Black was chairman of the Lowndes County Board of Education, on the board of directors of Lowndes County Farm Bureau and involved in many other civic activities.

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