Wisenbaker Wins Big in Lowndes District 3 Race

| November 5, 2014


DASHER —   When the polls closed and the votes were counted Tuesday night, Republican Tally M. “Mark” Wisenbaker, Jr. became Lowndes County’s newest county commissioner. Unofficial returns showed Wisenbaker garnered 4,593 votes, or 70% to Tom Hochschild’s, his Democratic opponent, 1,955 votes, or 30%. Wisenbaker takes the same seat his father was elected to in 1972.

Wisenbaker’s election gives the commission a Republican majority since Clay Griner, although elected in a non-partisan special election held during the primary season, declared his GOP affiliation during that campaign.

“When I made up my mind to run back in January I called and visited dozens of folks in the community and listened to their concerns about the future of Lowndes,” Wisenbaker said. “I will continue to listen to the voters and take our shared vision for Lowndes County to the county commission.”

Wisenbaker said he wants a county government that creates an environment that treats all businesses, big and small, fairly and encourages growth. Cooperating with the municipalities is also important, according to Wisenbaker, since a unified effort is critical for “protecting Moody Air Force base and our other major economic engines.”

“If we do that, then we can fill up our industrial parks, create jobs and expand our tax base which is critical in protecting against tax increases,” he continued, adding, “This is what I promised in the campaign, and this is what I’ll work for as a commissioner.”

“One of the commission’s major responsibilities is to the Lowndes County property owner. By protecting their rights and keeping a lid on property tax increases, we can make Lowndes an even greater place to live, work and raise our families,” Wisenbaker said.

“I am both honored and humbled by the confidence placed in me,” he said, “And now the really hard work begins and I’m looking forward to it.”

Wisenbaker congratulated his Democrat opponent, Dr. Tom Hochschild for running “a spirited and issue oriented campaign.”

“And I can’t thank my supporters enough for their help and confidence, especially my wife, Carol,” Wisenbaker said.

This is Wisenbaker’s first run for public office. He and his wife of 43 years, the former Carol Crook, have two grown children and 4 grandchildren.

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