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Turner seeks seat on county commission

Eastpoint resident Russell Turner has announced plans to run for the District 1 county commission seat, which encompasses all of St. George Island and portions of Eastpoint.

Turner, 68, resides at 419 US Highway 98 in Eastpoint.

He is seeking the Republican nomination for the seat, which is now held by Ricky Jones, 53, of 258 Sago Drive in Eastpoint, also a Republican.

In the event that no other candidates emerge during qualifying week June 10 through 14, then the primary election will be held August 20, and all registered voters, including Democrats and those without party affiliation, will be eligible to vote.

The following is a statement provided by the Turner campaign.

I am Russell Alan Turner, I was in the U.S Air Force from April 1976 to April 1980 as a weather equipment specialist as well as a member of the 5th main operating base as a tactical weather equipment specialist. In 1978 I received a citizenship award as well as a few ribbons.

I worked at Scientific Atlanta as a temporary electronic technician from 1981-82. I was hired permanently from 1982 until 1997 as a systems engineer/technician. There I received two awards for improving products and processes.

I worked at Turner Broadcasting from 1997 to the end of 2014, when I took an early retirement.

My wife and I started visiting Eastpoint and after our stays got longer and longer, we sold our place in Georgia and moved here permanently in January 2020. We love the beauty, the people, and community spirit. Eastpoint is a great place to live.

I am married to Dona Turner, we have four children, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and one on the way.

We attend Fellowship Baptist Church. We volunteer at the Franklin Promise food center.

I am a member of the Eastpoint Civic Association.

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