Josh Tippens Announces Candidacy For Pickens County Post 1 Commissioner


Josh Tippens Announces Candidacy For Pickens County Post 1 Commissioner


My name is Josh Tippens and I am formally announcing my candidacy for Pickens County’s Post 1 Commissioner Seat representing the western portion of Pickens County. I will be running for the republican nomination in the primary election on May 24.

Over the last few years, I have become more deeply involved within our community via service clubs, volunteer efforts, our Chamber of Commerce, and serving as the Chairman of the Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration. I have seen firsthand, the love and generosity this community displays when presented with a crisis or a need. In fact, if I could name one thing that makes me the proudest to live in Pickens County, it would be the people who live here. No matter the situation, if a need exists, the community will come together and find a solution. I do not take this for granted. It is special; and what makes us unique to the communities surrounding us.

Of our three Commissioner Board, we will have two new County Commissioners this year. Commissioner Jerry Barnes and Commissioner Becky Denney have served Pickens County with honor and dignity. They both deserve praise and respect for the work they have done, and I am sincerely grateful for their service.

However, with two Commissioners leaving the Board, it would not be an understatement to say the future direction of our county is at stake. As a parent of three children and a 23-year resident of Pickens County, I feel I have a vested interest in making sure that it remains a place we are proud to live, raise our children, and call home.

Over the last couple of years, I have witnessed a renewed cooperation between county and city officials. Collaboration exists on multiple fronts and the level of teamwork each of these bodies are demonstrating gives me hope that when we all work together, there is no limit to what we can accomplish.

Challenges are presenting themselves to us now. We are currently in the middle of a housing crisis. Increasing water demands are an ever-present issue. Further broadband expansion into the county’s more rural areas is needed. How do we balance and manage the growth that is moving into Pickens County? Furthermore, how do we tackle these important issues and retain the rich history and culture that makes Pickens County the home we all love?

While the answers are not simple, I can assure you that the only way to get there is with cooperation and teamwork. To be clear, teamwork does not mean saying "yes" to every request. These issues have not been solved, because they are complex. They will require thought, research, communication, and compromise.

If I could list one asset that I believe is my greatest strength, it would be the ability to hear input from multiple parties, find common ground, and reach a compromise that all parties can be happy with. In my experience, whether it be in the private sector or public service, I have yet to find an issue that could not be resolved with common sense, courtesy, and the willingness to have a respectful conversation with someone who may not agree with you. The way we present ourselves and the way we communicate is important. I believe in the power of kindness, the value of respecting each other, and the strength we gain from standing together.

In closing, I would like to ask for your support and your vote as I take this next step. I have a sincere desire to see this county prosper and its residents thrive. More than your vote, I would solicit your positive thoughts and prayers as this new journey begins. In return, I promise to serve the citizens of Pickens County in the same way my parents raised me; with honesty, respect, and integrity. The future of Pickens County is bright, and I am very excited about the possibilities it holds.

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