“That’s what I believe we need in District One–a commissioner with a servant’s heart and a civil servant’s mind.”— Thomas Pough, BOC District 1 candidate
Technical training/associate degree
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John C. Maxwell
Thomas Pough, BOC District 1
Thomas Pough is a security supervisor.
If you have NOT held elected office, please list relevant volunteer, appointed, or work positions.
What makes you the best candidate for this particular district?
I have worked in Government for nearly 2 decades. I know how government works, not just the appearance that government officials want us to see. I have a strong spirit of service serving on the county, state, and federal level throughout my career. That’s what I believe we need in district one, a commissioner with a servants heart and a civil servants mind.
What do you see as the strengths of your district?
Engaged constitutes, logistics/ warehouse jobs and tax revenue, as well as the fact that many district 1 residents are homeowners and have long term skin in the game.
How do you handle conflict/people who disagree with you?
Look for common ground, more unites us than divides us. If we can start looking to issues we have common ground on and all parties are willing to make concessions on issues which we are able to a lot could get accomplished amicably.
What one project would you like to accomplish in the next 4 years if elected?
Justice Reform. Creation of a bipartisan review board which includes retired law enforcement officers and citizens with no law enforcement training. A initiative to hire government employees from inside the county decreasing the chances of a Ferguson situation at home. Citizens can hold their neighbors serving in government accountable, and these neighbors serving in government can hold government officials accountable. We need a facility to access, treat, and redirect Mental Health cases away from the Criminal Justice System and back in there proper place.
Anything else people should know about you?
I am a home owner, Air Force Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Graduate of Clayton County Public Schools, and career law enforcement civil servant.
On the issues
Pough ranked police interactions as the most urgent issue facing Clayton County.