Two candidates recently announced their plans to seek the Republican nomination for the District 2 seat on the Cherokee County Commission next year. The seat is now held by Raymond Gunnin, who is not seeking re-election.

Qualifying for the seat takes place in early March for the May primary election.

Johnny Knocke, a consultant from Woodstock outlined four areas of concentration for his campaign. Knocke said he would:

♦ Bring consistency, transparency, and long-term planning in zoning decisions;

♦ Work to bring business, including industry and jobs to Cherokee County;

♦ Work to improve roads and lessen traffic congestion; and,

♦ Encourage efficient use of county resources.

Cherokee County Planning Commission member, Richard Weatherby also announced plans to run for the District 2 seat and has the endorsement of Gunnin.

In announcing the run, Weatherby, stressed his deep roots in Cherokee County and his commitment to responsible growth.

“I am running because I love Cherokee County and I want to preserve the quality of life we all enjoy for generations to come. Growth is the issue that people are most concerned about and I have a solid record of supporting responsible growth as a member of the planning commission for the last seven years,” Weatherby said. “Finding solutions to relieve the traffic congestion is my top priority, I want all county residents to have more time to spend with their families and less time sitting in traffic.”

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