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John Forbus has announced his candidacy for County Commission District 1, and he will be on the Republican ballot for the primary election May 24.
I’ve been on the roads daily, meeting and discussing plans for District 1 with the community. I’ve had a few ask, “What are you running on?”
Through the years of meeting politicians, most campaign on a specific platform, such as roads, education, economic growth, etc. To limit Coosa County to just one thing as a focus is to under serve our county.
I’m an electrician by trade. At 20 years old, I began working with Marty Adams at Adams Electric Heating and Air. I worked for Adams Electric Heating and Air for seven years.
In 2007, I started a new job working for Gary Nelson at Nelson Electric Motor Service Inc. as an electrician. At the time, I worked hard in the field taking care of customers.
In 2012, Gary Nelson and I opened a business together in Sylacauga where I now manage and operate Nelson Electric Motor Service Inc. of Sylacauga.
We have 19 employees on staff, ranging in age from 20-year-old CACC students who are wanting to learn a trade to 65-year-old employees who have been doing one of the following trades their entire adult life: electric motor winder, electrician, machinist, welder, fabrication, predictive maintenance technician, preventative maintenance technician, pump mechanic, gearbox mechanic, and logistics. I sign off on purchasing, invoicing, shipping, and quality control.
Industries that we service include pulp and paper, mining, creameries, municipalities, lumber yards, shingle plants, concrete, foundries, cabinet manufacturers, poultry, and more.
The industries that we service in Coosa County include Madix, Industree Pole and Piling, Goodwater Water Department, APAC Midsouth, and Central Alabama Wood Products.
With that being said, my GOAL in life and my goal for District 1 as your commissioner is to build personal relationships that last a lifetime, to be honest with myself and every person I come in contact with, and to work hard to make impactful long-lasting changes, not only for District 1, but for all of Coosa County.
I am ready more than ever to lead and work alongside the people of my district and the people of Coosa County.
My team and I have created a project called “22 Pieces at a Time.” The team, composed of my family and volunteers from our communities, gathers in different communities of Coosa County to pick up litter and rubbish from the sides of our roads.
Coosa County is the most beautiful county in Alabama, and this is one of our attempts to keep it that way.
Our next cleanup is this Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Kellyton Civic Complex. All materials will be supplied, including bottles of water. Our team could not make this project possible without you, so thank you for all your help!
I have loved getting to meet and know many of you during my home visits. I have gotten to enjoy some wonderful homemade cake with ice cream, homemade Mexican cornbread, and delicious coffee with many of you.
I look forward to many more years of building community and breaking bread together.