The Morgan County election for county commissioners has a write-in candidate for District 1 in Rick Burns. A legal advertisement announced his intention to run last week. While write-in candidates’ names do not appear on the ballot, any votes received for them will be counted. Burns, a 60-year-old businessman and Morgan County resident since 2001 who lives in Madison, is running against incumbent District 1 Morgan County Commissioner Donald B. Harris in the November 6 election.
“I sure am not running for the money,” Burns explained. “What they get paid for [their work] isn’t worth the headache. I want to go in there and have a businessman instead of a politician on the commission. Some county commissioners do not go by the budget. To me, there’s a lot of waste going on in this county, and it’s time for a change. That’s why I think I can try and make a difference. When you’re on a county commission, it takes the whole board to make a change. You can’t go in and make these changes without the other commissioners. So, I can’t say I’ll make these changes, but I’ll go in and try.”
A self-made businessman, Burns describes himself as a down-to-earth person and shared that he has owned rental properties in Morgan County and operated his own tow-truck business in Walton County in the past.
“I know Morgan County is growing, and it needs to grow, but it’s called moderation,” Burns stated. “You can’t grow too big. The hospital is a plus for the county and the new high school is a plus for the county, but I think the taxpayers should have been able to vote on the hospital.
“I want to run because my dad always told me, ‘If you don’t like the way the coach is doing things, be the coach and make the changes.’ If I can’t get in now, this will build my foundation, and I’ll run in four years on the ballot. It’s just time to change.”
According to Morgan County Elections Superintendent Jennifer Doran, Burns request basically means any write in vote that includes his name will be counted in the Nov. 6 general election.