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Second Candidate Challenges BOC District 4 Seat

Cindy Jones Mills, a former member of the Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Board, announced her intention to seek election to District 4 Commissioner Patrick Bell's seat.

Cindy Jones Mills, , announced she will seek election to District 4 Commissioner Patrick Bell's seat, in a news release Saturday night.

Mills, a lifelong resident of Forsyth County whose roots trace back seven generations, is a proud Christian and conservative Republican.

"I know first hand the difference that constructive, non-intrusive government can make in the lives of our citizens and how important it is for District Four to have a representative who has the temperament, vision and ability to put the best interest of our district and county as a whole before any other considerations," said Mills.

Mills joins Republican Bill Mulrooney who worked for 25 years as an electronic engineer and served as a member of the Board of Directors. .

In the same week Mulrooney made his announcement, Bell said he planned to campaign for a second term.

"I'm very proud of the accomplishments we've made in slashing spending and creating an environment that will attract jobs to the county," Bell said.

Mills has been a member of the business community for many years, having been the General Manager of Lanierland Music Park for 10 years and currently holds the office of president of CMC Trucking Company, a local agricultural transportation agency. In addition, she is a real estate agent with Bryan Properties.

"I have fought for many years against the encroachment of government on land use and property owner’s rights, and I will continue to be an advocate for the reduction of wasteful spending," Mills said.

In addition to serving on the Parks and Rec Board for 11 years, Mills was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year by the Georgia Parks and Recreation Association.

On Thursday, Jan. 6, during the first Board of Commissioners meeting of the new year, she was presented with a Resolution of Commendation honoring her dedication to Forsyth County and to the Parks and Recreation Board.

Mills' long list of community involvement includes, coaching recreational teams for more than 20 years. She is a member of the Forsyth County Parks Foundation and a charter member of the North Forsyth 400 Rotary Club where she currently serves as president-elect. She is an organizer of the , has been on the advisory board of the Council for Quality Growth and is a board member of the .

"Accountability to our citizens, from me, as well as for every department under the Board’s jurisdiction, will be my highest priority," she said. "My goal is to be a true representative of the will of my constituents."

Mills has remained active in the education community where she's participated in the Local School Council programs at , and Schools. She was also instrumental in the creation and administration of a program providing counseling and career opportunities to at risk students enrolled at the .

She represented North Forsyth High on Forsyth County School Superintendent Dr. Buster Evans’ 2400 Challenge SAT improvement initiative. She is also a proud recipient of the Mentor of the Year award.

"Service to this beloved county is an integral part of my life and through my church, our schools and local civic organizations, I have demonstrated a love of my community that will be the cornerstone of every decision I will make, if I am honored to serve as your District Four Commissioner," said Mills. "As I stand upon the shoulders of my ancestors and look to the future and legacy for our children, I will strive to honor both in my service."

Mills, an active member of , graduated from Forsyth County High School and attended North Georgia College. She has two grown daughters, Megan Mills Bottoms and Courtney Mills, a sophomore attending Furman University.

Read more about Cindy Mills on her Web site.

SOGTP January 08, 2012 at 11:32 AM
I would think this means Patrick Bell's future political aspirations are over. Now he can get a real job and get on with his life instead of making all of us poorer.
Hal Schneider January 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Congratulations Cindy, and best of luck.
Been Watching January 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
It's time people!!! We're seeing the train that's going to run our current BOC right out of town!!!! We need this momentum to gain speed do the corruption can stop!!! Good luck Cindy you have my vote!
Chris Adams January 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Is this the same real estate lady that sold all that park property to the county? The way those commissioners buy property she will be an in-house agent! She can be the agent on the property they buy from Pete Amos! Now that's what we need on the board of commissioners!
Chris Adams January 10, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Could very will be the case. With suppoprters like that Nydia lady and David Milum this Cindy Mills will be a wonderful commissioner. When she gets in office she can arrange to sell more property for parks and see if she can pull down another hundred thousand or so from the taxpayers. Maybe she and Amos can hook up and sell more of his property to the taxpayers, or even better yet she could work with the heirs of the guy that hosed the county on the 33 acres. Yes sir, it's going to be a great day when this lady gets elected!
SOGTP January 10, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Chris ... 1. Would rather have a Commissioner with no real job that votes for United Community Bank then secures a sweetheart mortgage deal? 2. Would you prefer a Commissioner that misled you about SPLOST? 3. Would you prefer a Commissioner that expands the government? 4. Would you prefer a Commissioner that bully's people?
Hal Schneider January 10, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Well, the smear tactics have already begun, haven't they, Chris. Ms. Mills consulted the county attorney, Ken Jarrad, regarding her presenting properties OWNED BY OTHERS to the county for purchase. Ken assured her that as long as she was not the OWNER, which she wasn't, that it was perfectly legitimate and ethical for her to present those properties. Anyone who wants to know the real TRUTH can read the full story here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120930957970525/permalink/231302276933392/. Even Patrick Bell said that Ms. Mills real estate dealings with the county were above board, honest and ethical! Now, Chris, why don't you just crawl back into your little hovel!
charles b purcell January 10, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Chris Adams, you are either extremely ignorant or perhaps you are another Wade Sullivan,whatever the case ,your comments are very misguided.Ms. Mills did not make one cent from the county,her well earned commission came from the property owners.Also,Ms. Mills has been a consistent critic of the BOC's purchase of the 33 acre jail site, that never materialized.In fact it is just such wreckless spending of the taxpayer's dollars,that has inspired Ms. Mills to seek a seat on the board.The only truth in any of your petty little comments is that it truly will be a GREAT day for this county when this lady gets elected!
charles b purcell January 10, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Very good questions Bill ! I wonder how many of our citizens realize Mr. Bell does not even own property in Forsyth County.Hundreds,if not thousands of our other fellow citizens faced the same financial dilemma as Vice Chairman Bell,but did not receive such preferential treatment.Of course,I am sure it was merely coincidental that Bell immediately began advocating his savior bank to begin receiving all the county's business despite an existing relationship with another financial institution which had terms in place more favorable to our county.I do not know to whom Mr. Bell's allegiance lies,but it is certainly not with the property owners of Forsyth County.
Chris Adams January 16, 2012 at 01:03 AM
I guess I look at things different, Chuck. Cindy Mills bypassed all the normal procedures and made her pitch directly to the Chairman, Charlie Laughinghouse. It sure looks like she used her position on the Park Board to elbow her way past the policy. Then, she "forgot" to disclose the power line easements until caught, I mean reminded, and then lowered the price. I think it is so unethical the way she tried to get the county to buy the worthless easements. At least she was called on the carpet before she slipped it in. I guess the hundred or so thousand dollars in commission must have made her forget all about that easement. We will have to look at some of the other transactions too like the Wallace-tatum property. She sure was pushing that one!!
Chris Adams January 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM
By the way, Chuck, are you registered to vote in Forsyth County or are you still registered up in Dawson? I forget, when did you move back to Forsyth?
Chris Adams January 16, 2012 at 01:06 AM
Well, Hal, I guess if Cindy posted it on Facebook it just has to be true! How silly of me!
Hal Schneider January 16, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Does anyone here get the sense that Mr. Adams has a very similar style as one Wade Sullivan? Or is it just me?
SOGTP January 16, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Now that you mention it ... YES. How pathetic.
charles b purcell January 16, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Chris, Why do you seem to have such personal animosity toward Ms. Mills ? Were you one of the three or four people that showed up to support Bell at his 'big' fundraiser the other night? Obviously you are not very familiar with the 4th district ,or you would realize many Forsyth County residents have Dawsonville or Gainesville addresses.The fact that bitter small minded liars like you are out spreading your Bell propaganda just shows how worried and desperate old Patty boy has become!
charles b purcell January 16, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Bill I think Patty has already found work.....as a Chris Adams impersonator !
Chris Adams January 17, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Sorry, you dope Chuck. Just because I think your an idiot does not mean I am Patrick Bell. Is that the best you got? Grow up, dude and get with the program!
Chris Adams January 17, 2012 at 02:34 AM
I don't have any animosity to Ms. Mills. I have animosity at liars like you that don't have an inkling about what goes in in this county. You are a worthless dope that has it out for Bell no matter what he says. I don't think Bell is a perfect commissioner but he did not run out of spite and anger. Why don;t you stay out of politics and let Bell and Cindy work this out? You don't have anything of value to add anyway. You're just a dope.
Chris Adams January 17, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Yeah, that's it. I don't agree with you guys so I must be Bell in disguise. You got it all figured out you two Einsteins.
charles b purcell January 17, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Chris thank you for your opinion.May I suggest a thesaurus,dope was incredibly painful the first time,but it began to lose it's sting with such repetition.PERHAPS YOU SHOULD TAKE YOUR OWN ADVICE AND STAY OUT OF POLITICS!
Hal Schneider January 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Charles, you really shouldn't use words like thesaurus when speaking to Wade, errrrr, Patty, errrr, Chris. I seriously doubt that he has any idea what a thesaurus is or how to use one.

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