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October 19, 2013

Candidate profiles: Cohutta Town Council, Greg Fowler

Fowler says more cops, more beauty if he’s elected

DALTON — Greg Fowler came to Cohutta in 1994.

Since that time, he says he’s seen some struggles hit the town — including abandoned houses and cuts to public services. That’s thanks to the economic recession that began in 2008, Fowler said.

He’d said he like to see the Cohutta of 1994 again.

That’s why Fowler is running for Cohutta Town Council, which has two seats up for election this year. The other candidates are incumbent Ben Manis and Wesley Mahan. The two candidates who receive the most votes will be elected.

Early voting is underway and continues through Nov. 1. The election is Nov. 5.

“I enjoy living here in Cohutta,” Fowler said. “I think it could be better.”

Fowler said he would like to work on creating ordinances to require owners to put more upkeep into their homes. Some houses, he said, have become dilapidated over the years.

“I think this would be a good improvement,” he said.

Fowler also said the Cohutta Police Department needs some help “staffing” to cut down on area thefts and burglaries which he says have increased during the tough economy. A lawman himself, Fowler spent 30 years with the Georgia State Patrol and currently works as the chief deputy at the Murray County Sheriff’s Office.

“The chief there in Cohutta (Raymond Grossman) is on call seven days a week,” Fowler said. “He should be able to take off and have someone there to cover him.”

Funding new cops’ salaries could be tricky, Fowler said, due to a tight operating budget. That’s where state grants might come in, he said.

“There might be something the council can find to staff more police there and maybe we can get the thefts and burglaries in the area to go down,” he said.

Fowler said Cohutta is overall a family-friendly community where he lives with his wife of 30 years, Nancy. The couple have one son, who is married, and a 4-year-old grandson who often visits his grandparents, Fowler said.

“I like the community here,” he said. “There are a lot of good people who live up here and I would like to see the community and the council work together. I have nothing against anyone in running, but sometimes new ideas are needed (and) I’m concerned about the town and where it’s been for the last few years. So I thought I would step forward and see if I can do something to help.”

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