By Nick Nunn, Staff Writer
Robert D. Crawford is running for the Madison City Council District 2 seat.
Crawford, a native of Morgan County, was born in Buckhead in 1938 and moved to Madison with his family, where he attended the Madison Elementary School, which is now the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center.
After graduating from Morgan County High School in 1955, Crawford attended the University of Georgia, where he graduated from the UGA School of Pharmacy in 1960.
In 1960, Crawford married his wife, Nancy, and they currently have three sons and five grandchildren.
Crawford worked for a few years at the Liggett Drug Company as a pharmacist, and he served as store manager at several Liggett locations, including in Atlanta and Gadsden, Ala., before returning to Madison in 1966 to enter into a partnership with William Shouse in the Madison Drug Company.
In 1978, Crawford purchased Shouse’s interest in the business and became sole owner of the Madison Drug Company.
In addition to his 47 years as a business owner in Madison, Crawford has served the city civically. The first of Crawford’s previous tenures on the Madison City Council, which totaled to “about 33 years,” according to Crawford, began in 1969.
Crawford stated that he was on the council when the interests to develop the interstate corridor and preserve Madison’s historic buildings really began to take precedence.
Crawford is an active member of the First United Methodist Church, where he has served as the chairman of the Board of Stewards and as secretary and treasurer. He served as the secretary and treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, as well, and coached the Kiwanis Little League team for 18 years.
Since the beginning of 2013, Crawford has served on the Downtown Development Authority. He said that he only “decided at the last minute to get back in” to the city council race.
Crawford is opposed to Madison’s impact tax, stating that it hinders both existing businesses that may decide to move to Madison and entrepreneurs from beginning businesses here.
He said that he believes that there are ways to develop growth in Madison without having Madison lose what makes it special.
Referring to the sprawling cities of Athens and Atlanta, Crawford stated, “That’s not the growth I’m looking for. We can maintain this.”
Crawford said that sales taxes are the best way for the city to maintain revenue, and that Madison’s corridor is what will make that revenue possible.
“That’s the money that you want coming,” stated Crawford.