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Tam Seeks Re-Election as District 2 Commissioner

Incumbent says he will continue his commitment as public servant to Forsyth County.

Brian Tam, Forsyth County Board of Commissioner for District 2 and , announced his candidacy for re-election on Sunday, Jan. 22, according to a news release.

Tam, who is serving his eighth year of service in the community, has kept his focus on the enhancement of local health care opportunities, the enrichment of schools in the county and has had unparalleled success in fostering economic development opportunities throughout Forsyth County.

"As a Commissioner, I have had an opportunity to make a difference in the direction of our community," said Tam. "I am seeking re-election to the Board of Commissioners because I am committed to continually protecting taxpayers while promoting private sector job creation and making critical infrastructure improvements."

Some of those improvements Tam was involved with include, the acquisition of greenspace, new recreation centers at Old Atlanta and Fowler Parks, the opening of a , the implementation of an , the , the continuation of the widening of Highway 141, bringing shopping mall to the area and the facility.

"As a former member of the Board of Directors of the , I have experienced first hand the difference that a strong economic development plan, low tax rates and attractive amenities make in a community," he said.

Tam, a resident of Forsyth County for more than 17 years, operates in downtown Cumming with his wife Kelly.

"As a small business operator," Tam said, "I appreciate what it takes to live within a budget, meet a payroll and manage inventory in a fiscally responsible manner."

He is a graduate of Leadership Forsyth, a recipient of the Don Hendricks Memorial Award and one of nine statewide recipients of the 2008 Georgia Association of Elementary School Principals’ Patron Award. Tam said during his recent term in office and his work on the Finance Committee of Forsyth County, "we have maintained our AAA bond rating."

Brian and his wife have three children and live in south Forsyth County. They worship at Browns Bridge Community Church.

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Upon hearing of Tam’s intention to seek re-election, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Attorney General Sam Olens issued the following statements:

I have known Commissioner Brian Tam since he began serving on the County Commission eight years ago. Forsyth County has greatly benefited from his leadership and dedication to his constituents. I consider him a true public servant and am honored to call him my friend. - Cagle

Commissioner Tam is a thoughtful public servant who is educated on the needs of his constituency. The citizens of Forsyth are fortunate to be represented by him. - Olens

Hal Schneider January 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
The question the voters of District 2 have to ask themselves is whether Brian Tam really represents their interests or does he represent the interests of the Mayor and bigger more, intrusive government. How can Mr. Tam protect the interests of the county residents in the upcoming LOST and water contracts with the city when he leases his restaurant from the Mayor. Rumor has it that the LOST split will be 12.5% this time around, when the City represents only 3.1% of the county population. Why do county residents pay more for their water than the city residents? And why was Tam ousted as Chairman? All you have to do is go on the county website and watch a few of the BoC meetings to see the kind of leadership he exercises. Not a pretty sight. We need REAL change in this county and honorable men who are not beholding to the Mayor, a bank, a lawyer, a realtor or anyone else. That is the only way the residents can truly receive the representation they deserve. If you want to continue feeding the special interests in the county, then vote for Tam. It is your choice, but please keep in mind, that whomever you elect, must represent ALL of the residents not just District 2.
Hal Schneider January 23, 2012 at 05:07 PM
Tam also supported the county taxpayers coughing up $700k for a neonatal ambulance for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Since when does a county government make charitable donations of the taxpayers hard earned money? He claims to be for lower taxes but was a very active champion of SPLOST VII which will confiscate about $200M of taxpayer's earnings over a 6 year period. As the county continues to expand facilities like parks, new 150,000 sq/ft courthouses and new jails, operating costs will increase dramatically. Look forward to significant increases in the millage rate as a result. He may have an (R) after his name on the ballot, but his spending habits resemble those of the current President.
SOGTP January 24, 2012 at 11:03 AM
1) Tam also lied on several occasions about SPLOST VII. He boasted that 40% of the sales revenues come from people outside the county. 2) Tam misrepresented the amount to be collected. Over the six years of the SPLOST VII it will collect ~$180M, but their plans are to build a $200M jail and courthouse. 3) Tam refers to the billion $$$'s in assets as county property. You paid for it, its your property. The county government is you. Brian Tam disrespects the taxpayers and citizens of Forsyth County. He panders to the Mayor and re distributes the wealth of the moms and dads and families of Forsyth to the City of Cumming. These three items above illustrate exactly what Brian Tam is ... a Socialist. He must lie in order to proceed with his agenda. He aligns himself with favored cronies and he re distributes wealth. Tam is no better than Obama or Pelosi.
Hal Schneider January 24, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Actually, only $101M of the "supposed" $200M in SPLOST VII money is slated for the jail/courthouse.

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