JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann held her re-election kickoff Nov. 13, no fewer than 15 elected officials turned out to support her – including two state senators, the speaker pro tem of the state House, three Fulton Board of Education members and two mayors.
More than 100 in all were on hand has Hausmann announced she was running for a second term.
“I have been able to accomplish some good things in my first term on the commission. And we have come a long way in the last 20 years. When I ran, I not only wanted good government, but to foster good relationships with the cities and do some fence-mending,” Hausmann said.
She said she believes she has accomplished a good deal. Since she took office, she said the commission:
• Made a quick settlement on the sales tax distribution, which lessened the county’s share but increased cities’ shares.
• Began work on a new county public safety radio system.
• Held the line on the county millage rate.
• Cut $20 million in funded – but unfilled – county jobs.
• Froze new employee hiring until need could be shown for the hire.
• Oversaw construction of three new North Fulton libraries.
“And these libraries will be open and staffed for our citizens to use,” Hausmann said.
Hausmann also served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Judicial Review Task Force to improve local government.
She also said she is looking forward to working with two new North Fulton commissioners that will be elected due to redistricting.
“I don’t know what party, race or sex they will be. But they will be from North Fulton districts and are long overdue,” she said.
Hausmann will be representing District 1 in next year’s nonpartisan election, which is bounded on the south by the Chattahoochee River and the west by Ga. 400. A new District 2 will be the west side of Ga. 400 north of the river, with Sandy Springs-Buckhead making up District 3.
“I hope we will be able to get even more done,” she said.
Board of Education member Katie Reeves was there to support Hausmann who served on the BOE with Reeves.
“In her four years on the board, she served the county well through some amazing issues,” Reeves said.
State Sen. Brandon Beach said Hausmann is not only an asset as a commissioner, but as the chamber’s public policy coordinator.
“She is so well connected. She can tell an economic prospect with authority the story of our great schools, the great cities we have and the opportunities that are here. And when Liz tells you, you can take that to the bank,” Beach said.
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones said she has known Hausmann 12 years since the commissioner was chairwoman of the Fulton County Republican Party. She said she is a “conservative voice on the County Commission.”
“With redistricting and two more compatriots on the board, residents will get real service from Fulton County, from the courts to the libraries,” Jones said. “She knows the 350,000 residents of North Fulton are entitled to something for their tax money.”