May 17, 2014

Candidate profile: Holloway says he brings ‘something different’

— For several years, Cody Holloway traveled the world overseeing the construction or renovation of large industrial buildings. Now, he says he’d like to use the expertise he developed to help make Whitfield County a better place.

“I was looking for a way to get more involved in the community. When this seat on the commission opened up I thought it was the perfect opportunity,” he said. “I thought my experience as a project manager would complement the other commissioners. Some of them have more of a financial background, and I thought I’d bring something different to the table.”

Holloway faces Renee Davis, Barry Robbins and Nicky Starling in Tuesday’s Republican primary for Board of Commissioners District 1, which is basically the southeast part of Whitfield County. But it’s a county-wide election, meaning all residents in the county can vote in it. Incumbent Gordon Morehouse, a Republican, declined to run for re-election this year, and no Democrats qualified.

Holloway, 32, is a lifelong resident of Whitfield County and teaches industrial technology at Dalton High School.

“It’s a high-tech shop class. We take all of the skills that you associate with shop class and we add computers and computer-controlled machines,” he said.

Holloway has a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University in history education.

“I’ve always had an interest in politics and economics. When I started college, my plan was that I would teach for awhile after I graduated, then go back and get a doctorate in economics and be a college professor,” he said.

But the opportunities in construction pulled him away from that dream.

“I’ve worked in construction since I was in high school. I worked for a company that built large industrial buildings. They made me a project manager, and I traveled the world for several years,” he said. “We did almost entirely carpet-backing plants. Sometimes we would build entirely new plants. Sometimes we would rebuild existing plants for the new equipment.”

But a couple of years ago, a desire to spend more time with his family led him to change careers and return to his dream of teaching.

Holloway, who lives near the Murray County border, says he wants to find ways to improve fire service to the more remote areas of the county.

“I’d like to see if we could relocate an existing fire station or find some way to improve service that would not cost a lot more money,” he said. “Public safety should be the main focus of local government.”

Holloway says he does not think building the Carbondale Business Park was a wise use of taxpayer money.

“If I’m not mistaken, we are paying $1.9 million this year just to service the debt on the park, and I just don’t think we have gotten much benefit out of it yet,” he said.

Holloway and his wife Amy have two daughters: Madison, 6, and Ada, 5.

To find out more about Holloway, search for “Elect Cody Holloway” on Facebook.

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