Chairman, Jackson County
Republican Primary July 20, 2004
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a proven record of
Not SELF service
Republican Pat Bell is a longtime
servant of Jackson County. She has served Jackson County both
as a conservative State Representative in the Georgia House as
well as a responsive, tax-cutting County Commissioner and has
an intimate knowledge of how government should operate, from
the local level to the state level. How can I help Pat Bell? Click here.
A LEADER WITH VISION
While serving as county
commissioner from 1996-2000, she was the driving force in Jackson
County to complete the Bear Creek Reservoir project. This
project will not only ensure that Jackson County's water needs
are met for the next 30 years but it will also mean a profit
for our county. She also helped to secure state and federal grants
that helped to bring major employers to the county, including
Nicolon, Caterpillar, Tanger, Mayfield, Freightliner, Hitachi,
Georgia Power Plant and Simpson Brick. In all, she was instrumental
in securing some $1.5 million in employment enhancement-related
grants for the county, and another $2.16 million in grants to
provide water and sewer improvements to support those industries.
In addition, her work as county commissioner led to the procurement
of grants to rebuild the covered bridge at Hurricane Shoals,
and to build a new county health department, a new mental health
center and a new Head Start Center. In all, grants to the county
during her four-year tenure as commissioner totaled nearly $5
million. In addition, Pat was instrumental in the purchase of
Sell Mill for the county recreation department.
Pat's knack for securing outside
financial resources for local projects continued while serving
as state representative in 2001-2002. While at the capitol, she
was able to obtain $800,000 in state appropriations for local
employment incentives, a $1.5 million appropriation for local
development authority efforts, and another $1.5 million for the
development of the proposed Concord Road in the I-85/US
129 area. She also obtained $800,000 for the further development
of the Jackson County Airport, and restored $241,835 to Commerce
City Schools. Public safety in Jackson County was also a major
beneficiary during Pat's tenure as representative. In all, she
procured six separate appropriations totaling $80,000 to enhance
facilities, and to purchase equipment and protective gear for
various county volunteer fire departments and the local rescue
squad. Was able to secure one of only eleven First Responder
fire trucks in the state for the City of Commerce. Jefferson
City Schools received $10,000, and the City of Braselton $5,000
for various projects while Pat served in Atlanta. How can I help Pat Bell?
A QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED
Pat Bell is a graduate
of Western North Carolina University. She was a University of
Georgia county Extension Service agent for 30 years, serving
23 of those years as director of the Jackson County office. She
graduated from the Extension Management Development Institute.
She is a Certified County Commissioner and Pat has undergone
special training in leadership development, conflict management,
group leadership, communication techniques and how to evaluate
personnel and management issues. She is the best candidate for
Chairman with the training, the skills and the experience to
lead our county for the next four years.
That special training and leadership
have been put to good use, not only as a Jackson County commissioner
and state representative, but also in a number of "hands-on"
volunteer activities. Here are just a few examples:
- · Developed the Jackson
County Youth Leadership Program
· Served as a member of the Governor's Economic Development
Program for Northeast Georgia
· Was a top leader in efforts to first clean up and then
create Hurricane Shoals Park
· An active member of the Tumbling Waters Society
· Served on Upper Oconee Water Authority
· Served as a member of the Governor's Conference on Children
· Member of the Jackson County Human Resource Council;
assisted the Regional Evening School, Jackson County Mentoring
program, a number of local Farm Bureau programs and a Victory
Rally to Support Our Troops abroad
· Member of GRETA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)
· Board Member, Jackson County Boys and Girls Club
· Served on Governor's Commitee on Teen Driving and DUI
· Numerous other activities that have enhanced our community
She is also a leader with small
business experience. Because she has managed a retail store and
café in the past, she knows how taxation and government
regulations can adversely affect private enterprise, especially
A LEADER WITH REAL FISCAL
Led County's Financial Turnaround...
When Pat Bell took office
as a Jackson County Commissioner in January, 1997, the county
had to borrow money to make its payroll and to meet other financial
obligations. Through her leadership, she was not only able to
wipe out that debt, but she also lowered our tax rate and improved
How? Simple: By demanding accountability for the spending
of every dollar and taking advantage of the county's natural
growth. Pat Bell initiated the following to control waste in
Jackson County's government:
· Privatized economic
· Gained control of credit cards held by county employees.
· Reorganized county departments and agencies, without
making them larger
· Wrote an expense account system for all county officials
· Established road work priorities based on need instead
of politics (in a glaring contrast, a road that would ensure
the construction of a $60 million industrial facility in Jackson
County is being held up due to personal politics)
· Set up a maintenance schedule for county vehicles and
equipment so they would stay in operation longer and at less
Saved Taxpayers Millions as State Representative...
When Pat Bell was our State Representative during 2001-2002,
cuts of more than $329 million were made by the state for county
property owners and $24 million for city property owners. Those
state reductions put an average of $200 back into the pockets
of the average homeowner. How
can I help Pat Bell? Click here.
PAT BELL'S FAMILY BACKGROUND
Pat Bell's family is noted for their accomplishments. She is
married to John Bell, a Science Department teacher at Jefferson
High School. Their son Greg is a Hazardous Materials Specialist
for the University of Georgia. Pat's daughter-in-law Kim is a
Respiratory Specialist. Pat's pride is her granddaughter Hannah.
WHAT DO OTHER PEOPLE
SAY ABOUT PAT BELL?
say about a person is as important as what the candidate claims
to be or have done. This is what others, Republicans, Democrats
and independents, say about Pat Bell:
"It's a pleasure to work
with folks like Pat Bell who do things right."
-- Mike Beatty, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Community
". . . Pat Bell rallied
her 4-H Club members to clean up the river (at Hurricane Shoals).
They took 18 dump truck loads of trash out of the bottom of our
river . . . . We are grateful to Pat Bell and her ability to
see beyond what was, to see what could be, and then to make it
-- Seven Former Presidents, Tumbling Waters Society, Sept.
11, 2000 Ad
"Pat Bell reminds me of
a quote from Thomas Jefferson: 'The difference between a politician
and a true leader is the politician just thinks about the next
election, where a true leader thinks about the next generation.'
That describes Pat Bell in the way she has lived her whole life.
I see her as the role model to which all parents, teachers, leaders
and community servants should aspire."
-- Penney Mabe, Chief Executive Officer/Business Owner
"Pat Bell looks and listens
to determine what the needs are and what the people of her county
-- University of Georgia magazine
"I could stand up here all
afternoon telling you good things about Pat Bell. (She) has done
great things for our kids in Jackson County but the average citizen
doesn't know how much Pat does for them . . . I couldn't turn
her down for many things because I knew she had Jackson County
-- Former Chairman, Jackson County Board of Commissioners
"Pat Bell is the epitome
of integrity and professionalism."
-- Jackson County Business Owner
"Few people possess her
energy and her dedication, and Jackson County has benefited from
both. Her leadership has been steady for almost a quarter of
a century and has helped shape many of the county's leading citizens.
She has gone out of her way, putting in many hours . . . . "
-- Local News Column, Jackson County
"Pat Bell not only provided
leadership, but also did a lot of the nitty-gritty. She didn't
just sit in her office and point out chores for others to do
she also worked her own fingers to the bone."
How can I
help Pat Bell? Click here.
-- Feature Article
Pat Bell Stands For
HONESTY, INTEGRITY, UNITY
Pat Bell is a person of honor, ethical behavior,
integrity, honesty and character.
These qualities are more important than any
others for anyone seeking public office.
Being a public servant is a trust, not an
opportunity for selfish gain or the wielding of personal power
to reward cronies or punish perceived "enemies."
Pat Bell is noted for her candor, truthfulness
and honesty. Her decisions have always been based on the public's
interest, not her own desires.
Voters don't have to agree with Pat Bell on
every issue to know that she will listen to them attentively,
that she will consider all views and that her ultimate decisions
will be based on what is best for everyone.
Even her political opponents must acknowledge
her sincerity, devotion to the public good, her honesty and her
She brings people together rather than
dividing them for petty political gains. Her specialty is making
others look good.
Pat Bell takes to heart the adage that "anything
can be accomplished if you don't care who gets the credit."
Vote for an honest person who cares for Jackson
County and its people.
Elect Pat Bell as the Republican candidate
for chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners during
the Primary on July 20, 2004.
Pat Bell Makes Newsmaker of the
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MORE REASONS TO
VOTE FOR PAT BELL
Pat Bell has the courage to change her mind, but not her principles.
She shares many of the same beliefs as Georgia's U.S. Sen. Zell
Miller. Like our senior senator, Pat was reared by a strong-willed
mountain mother with strong values concerning church, home and
country. As the national Democratic Party shifted further and
further away from a reflection of the heart and soul of Southern
people, Pat saw the need to stay true to her principles of limited
government, fiscal responsibility and patriotism. "If there
had been a 'conservative party' and "a liberal party,"
I would have always been a member of the conservative side,"
Pat says. "Today's Republican Party on the state and national
levels represents more of my principles."
CONSERVATIVE WITH TAXPAYERS
Pat Bell helped Jackson County get out of debt when she served
on the County Commission. She did it by demanding accountability
for every dollar spent. As a result of her leadership and cooperation
with other members of the Commission, county tax rates were cut
by 5 mils, which, in one example, represents a tax reduction
of $750 on a house assessed at $150,000. As a member of the Georgia
House of Representatives, Pat Bell was successful in helping
pass several bills that provided true tax relief. Her clear record
on the County Commission and in the State House shows that she
understands the importance of being a careful steward of taxpayers'
FOR FIREARMS, LIFE, SCHOOL
Pat Bell was endorsed by the National Rifle Association in 2002
because of her strong stance for the Second Amendment. She is
for life, opposing abortion except in the very rare cases when
pregnancy results from rape or incest, or a need to protect the
life of the mother. Pat Bell is for traditional marriage and
unalterably opposed to so-called "gay marriage" proposals.
Pat Bell voted for Georgia House Resolution 1414, which proposed
adding an amendment to the U.S. Constitution supporting prayer
in schools. It passed easily, 140-14. She is in favor of posting
the Ten Commandments the basis of Western Civilization's
laws in public buildings. Pat Bell will work with citizens
and other governments to help fund lawsuits protecting the right
to display the Ten Commandments in public facilities. She is
a conservative in every sense of the word.
How I Can Help Pat Bell
Dear Fellow Jackson County Citizen:
During the past four years, our county commission
chairman has raised taxes, ignored citizen input and divided
the communities within our county. There is undoubtedly a lack
of strong, ethical leadership from the current chairman.
That is why I have decided to run for this
office. I stand for honesty, ethics, and lower taxes and I have
a proven record of effectiveness in these areas. I believe in
involving the people in decision-making that affects all of us.
Together, we can bring honesty, pride, and cooperation back to
our county. This is truly a grass-roots campaign and I need your
If you want to see Jackson County government
change for the positive, in addition to voting for me, please
help by choosing one of the following:
___ I will place a yard sign in my yard.
___ I will give out campaign materials to my friends and neighbors.
___ I will host a gathering of friends to meet Pat.
___ I will telephone voters prior to the election.
___ Other: ________________________________
Enclosed is a donation to support Pat in the
amount of $____________.
Phone:____________________ Email Address:___________________
Thank you for your support.
Together, we can change Jackson County for the better!
Please return to: Committee to Elect Pat Bell,
324 Martin Street, Jefferson, GA 30549
Paid for by the Committee
to Elect Pat Bell
Keith Ariail, Chairman
324 Martin St., Jefferson, Ga. 30549