The forum was hosted by the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce and The Jones County News. Greg Mullis of Tri-County EMC, chairman of the Jones County Development Authority, served as moderator. Those attending the forum were allowed to submit written questions, which Mullis presented to the candidates. Following are the responses by the candidates to some of the questions submitted.
Would you be in favor of consolidation of Gray and Jones County governments, similar to what is happening in Macon and Bibb County now?
Incumbent Mayor Gus Wilson said he would be in favor of consolidating some services if it would save money.
His challenger, Stephen Tingen, said he would need to study the situation first. “The questions I would ask is would the city be safer, how would it affect our small town values, and if services provided by the county would be as good as we have now from the city. If so, I’m for (consolidation), if not, then I’m not for it.”
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