It didn’t take long after Republican District 3 Guilford County Commissioner Justin Conrad announced that he wasn’t running for that seat again before a new Republican announced entry into the 2022 race for that seat.
On Friday, Nov. 12, Oak Ridge Town Councilmember George McClellan said he was throwing his hat into the ring and seeking enough votes to allow him to hold the same seat Conrad has held for eight years.
McClellan has served for about a decade on the Oak Ridge Town Council. District 3 includes his current constituents as well as many others in the northwest Guilford County.
McClellan told the Rhino Times he began thinking about a run earlier this year and said he really admired the work Conrad had been doing as a commissioner.
He said he agrees with Conrad on many issues.
For one thing, McClellan is a big proponent of lower taxes.
“I’m also a strong supporter of public safety,” he said, adding that he also looks forward to supporting Guilford County Schools whenever school officials make “reasonable” requests to the Board of Commissioners.
In addition, he’d like to see a lot more jobs created in District 3 and other parts of the county.
“I support a business-friendly environment that promotes jobs,” he said.
He also said he opposes unnecessary regulations on businesses and he considers the current county mask mandate to be a prime example – unnecessary as well as detrimental to business.
McClellan posted a Facebook video at 11 a.m. on Friday announcing his candidacy. In that video, he started out by thanking Conrad for his “conservative” leadership and service.
McClellan, who’s a financial advisor, was born in Florida and moved to Guilford County in the 1980s.
BE FOREWARNED! McClellan is the type of politician who claims to be conservative, but he’s like our 2 Republican US Senators – who just voted YES to the huge Democrat spending/socialist bill.
This guy is another statist big government Republican.
AND HOW DARE HE CLAIM TO BE “A BIG PROPONENT OF LOWER TAXES”? I am one of is constituents in Oak Ridge. We have a property tax almost three times that of neighboring Summerfield (that’s not a typo), and in his near decade of “service” he has never raised a finger to give us any tax relief whatsoever. No, he loves spending other peoples’ money, and one clue is that he volunteered that he’d be in favor of throwing more money at our failing public schools – without being asked.
This guy is a Leftist who’s trying to pass himself off as a conservative.
Don’t buy it.
You’ve summed up my impression of him quite nicely
Thanks, Andy. He’s a big government tax & spend liberal.
And he thinks he knows what’s best for us little people and our communities.
In other words, a patronizing pompous supercilious oaf with an ego.
We need another one of those like we need a hole in the head.
Austin, Our town’s property tax rate is 8 cents per $100 of valuation. This means that the town’s property tax on a $300,000.00 home in Oak Ridge is $240.00. Austin, when I was first elected to our town council the property was higher than is today. In fact I voted to reduce the the town’s property tax to its current rate of 8 cents per $100 of valuation.
Oh what sophistry! What equivocation! I’ll give you this George – you are an excellent politician.
When you were elected the Property Tax rate in Oak Ridge was 8.4 cents per $100. Then there was a county wide revaluation of all homes. My valuation went up, like nearly everyone. Oak Ridge reduced the Property Tax RATE to 8.0 cents per $100 to mitigate the tax increase resulting from the revaluation. My property tax bill still WENT UP.
And you have the nerve to say that’s a tax cut ?? And to try to claim credit for it? You’ve got plenty of chutzpah.
You have never lifted a finger, or ever expressed any desire to give the citizens of Oak Ridge any tax relief whatsoever. But you are a master of mendacity.
I hope your effort to become a commissioner fails. I’d prefer to see a conservative elected.
Applause to STOKESDALE with ZERO property tax rate and municipal water.
You’re absolutely right, Stanley. Neighboring Summerfield levies a property tax about ONE THIRD of the tax Oak Ridge imposes, and Stokesdale gets by just fine with NO PROPERTY TAX all.
But In Oak Ridge we have 4 Leftists and one conservative on the council (Doug Nodine), so they just love having all our money to play with. And we have no garbage collection, policing, or water/sewer, no anything.. But our “leaders” did manage to build themselves a fancy new Town Hall, complete with Greek columns…
Yes. You got it right. They don’t care what they say. Can’t tell the truth in first announcement.