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January 30, 2014

Morehouse says will leave Whitfield commission at end of year

Whitfield County Board of Commissioners member Gordon Morehouse says he will not seek re-election this year. He will leave office at the end of the year.

“There is a chance that because of a family situation I might not be living in my district for four years,” Morehouse said. “I didn’t think it was fair to take on that commitment with that possibility out there.”

Morehouse represents District 1, which is basically the southeast part of Whitfield County.

Morehouse said he wanted to let the public and any potential candidates know he will not be running again because the primaries this year will be two months earlier than in the past.

Typically, Georgia has held its primaries in July, but a federal judge moved primaries for congressional races to May 20, and the General Assembly earlier this month moved primaries for state and local races to May 20 as well. Qualifying will take place March 3 to March 7.

Morehouse, a Republican, was first elected four years ago, facing no opposition in either the primary or general election.

“We (commissioners) have managed well with the resources we had, and that’s a big accomplishment in these times,” Morehouse said. “We’ve tried to invest in the community and facilitate bringing business here and growing jobs here.”

During Morehouse’s time in office, commissioners have continued to invest in and develop the Carbondale Business Park and took the freeport exemption for inventory to 100 percent from 20 percent.

Morehouse said growing the economy will continue to be a challenge for the commissioners.

“A lot of people need help in our community. We have to work on that. I don’t know what the answer to that is,” he said. “I’m not talking about a handout but about creating opportunities for people to improve their lives.

Morehouse, 69, was born in Wyoming and moved to Catoosa County at a young age. He has been connected to Whitfield County since his mother taught school here for years. Morehouse moved to Dalton in 1969.

Morehouse earned a business administration degree with a major in accounting from the University of Tennessee. He has been an accountant for more than 40 years and has been associated with the same local accounting firm now known as the Morehouse Group.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Babb said Morehouse has been “an excellent representative of the people.”

“He has been what I would call a deep thinker. He likes to understand everything very well before he makes a vote,” Babb said.

Morehouse said he does not anticipate endorsing a successor.

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