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Sammie Wilson Sr. seeks re-election

Sammie Wilson Sr. is seeking re-election to another four-year term on the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners.

The 66-year-old Mr. Wilson, who currently serves as vice-chairman of the five-member panel, is a Democrat candidate, first elected to office in 1996.

Mr. Wilson is facing opposition in the upcoming November General Election from Republican challenger Ray Roquemore, who lives off Mt. Pleasant Road in McDuffie County.

"I'm seeking re-election because I enjoy serving the people of McDuffie County -- not just in District 2-A," Mr. Wilson said during a recent interview.

"I get more telephone calls from residents in other districts than I do my own. That's why I say I enjoy serving all the people of this county."

Mr. Wilson retired earlier this year as materials, shipping and receiving manager at McDuffie Regional Medical Center. He worked there 281/2 years.

He strongly believes that as long as commissioners keep the same focus, "we can move this county forward."

On the other hand, if commissioners stray away from being on the same page and the county starts moving in a different direction from the belief of Mr. Wilson, he said he'd then have to take a stance not to be supportive.

Mr. Wilson, who describes himself as a family man, is a former military man.

He served in the Air Force for four years and in the Army for 21 years, having retired in July 1992. He came out with a rank of staff sergeant.

During the Cuban Missal Crisis and when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, he was serving in Key West, Fla. -- just 90 miles from Cuba.

Mr. Wilson is a 1962 graduate of McDuffie County Training Center and has been a faithful member of Springfield Baptist Church in Thomson for the past 57 years.

In last week's July 20 Democratic Primary, Mr. Wilson received a total of 266 votes.

During his many years as an elected official, Mr. Wilson said he has been most supportive of the needs of public safety workers -- deputies and firefighters.

If re-elected, he vows to continue to support those workers.

Mr. Wilson, the father of five grown children and grandfather of 19, is married to Eleanor Wilson.

He earned a degree in business administration from Phillips College in Augusta and a business degree in management from Augusta Technical College in Augusta.

In addition, Mr. Wilson also is an advanced certified commissioner, having successfully completed ACGG courses through the Carl Vinson Institute for Government at the University of Georgia in Athens.

He said he is most proud of the new government center that currently is under construction in downtown Thomson.

"I want to continue to serve the people of this county on the board of commissioners," Mr. Wilson said.

"That's why I'm asking the voters to please re-elect me."

Web posted on Thursday, July 29, 2010

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