Clifford "Bud" Lunceford, a well-known retired pharmacist, has announced his intentions to seek political office.
The 58-year-old Mr. Lunceford, former owner of Lunceford Pharmacy for many years in Thomson, told The McDuffie Mirror on Monday that he will be seeking a seat on the Thomson City Council.
Mr. Lunceford plans to qualify for the seat presently held by Councilman Kenneth Usry. Just last week, Mr. Usry, who also serves as mayor pro-tem, announced his plans to qualify next week to seek the mayoral seat. The mayoral seat presently is filled by Robert E. Knox Jr.
"I always admired my father-in-law, the late Bill Leverett, when he served as mayor of Thomson, and I would like to follow in his footsteps and give back a portion of what he gave to this community in terms of leadership," Mr. Lunceford said.
He describes himself as a fiscal conservative, who would be adamant about city officials staying within the budget.
If elected to the Seat A council post, Mr. Lunceford said he would serve as a servant of the people and not a politician.
"I'm a people person," he said. "I'll always have an open door policy."
Mr. Lunceford grew up in Warren County, graduating from Warren County High School in 1967. He went on to attend the University of Georgia, later graduating with a degree in pharmacy in 1972.
He moved to Thomson that same year and opened his own drug store just two years later in 1974. Mr. Lunceford, the father of two sons, both graduates of Thomson High School and the University of Georgia, is married to the former Julia Leverett.
Mr. Lunceford said he is interested in continuing downtown revitalization and addressing sub-standard housing in Thomson.
He also believes that city officials should keep a close eye on the growth of the city.
"I think it's important that we monitor and control our growth as a city," Mr. Lunceford said.
Through the years, Mr. Lunceford has been active with a number of civic groups in Thomson, including the Thomson Rotary Club, where he served as past president.
In addition, Mr. Lunceford also serves as a member of the advisory board of SunTrust Bank and was a former board of directors member of the First National Bank of Thomson, which no longer is in business. He also is past member of the Augusta Tech Foundation Board, McDuffie County Regional Hospital Foundation Board and United Way.
Mr. Lunceford also is a member of the Thomson Boat Club and served as past commodore. He also served as a youth baseball coach for a number of years. He and his wife are members of Thomson First United Methodist Church, where he serves as a church council member.