Mark Thomas and Mark Saxon, incumbents on the Board of Commissioners, believe Oconee County is managing growth in a smart way.

The two men announced last week their intention to qualify for reelection for the May 19 General Primary. Both are running on the Republican ballot.

Thomas said the school system has reviewed the number of undeveloped lots in subdivisions, which amounts to about 4,000.

“If all of those came online immediately, it would be a huge impact to our school system,” he said. “Growth is healthy for the community, but we need to manage it in a way that fits our quality of life.”

“Smart growth is important,” added Saxon. “I’m not interested in growing too fast.”

Thomas was elected to BOC Post 1 in 2016 after resigning from his post on the Board of Education. He owns a grading and electrical contracting firm and, with his wife, manages Hot Thomas Barbecue and its adjoining event venue.

Saxon was elected to BOC Post 4 in 2012. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2007 as a sergeant major with 24 years of service. He also served an administrative role at North Oconee High School.

In addition to his position on the BOC, Saxon is the chairman of the Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Management Board and also sits on the Upper Oconee Basin Water Authority.

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