Chattooga County Commissioner Jason Winters was just named as one of Georgia’s "40 under 40" by Georgia Trend Magazine.

The article states:

Jason Winters, 31

Sole Commissioner

Chatooga County


When Jason Winters considered running as the sole commissioner of Chatooga County, his grandfather sat him down.

“He said that our family has lived here for generations, had a good name and kept out of trouble. Why do you want to ruin that?” Winters recalled.

Winters is trying not to. He has made job creation a priority (unemployment dropped from 17 percent to 10 percent since he took office in 2008) and activated a tax exemption that has helped employers like Mt. Vernon Mills and Mohawk Carpet.

“If we can just land one new company, we’d be rolling,” he says of his efforts.

“We’re a small community – 25,000 people – and we needed some fresh air,” he says.

“Everyone goes to the county commissioner with their problems. Every week I ask myself if I helped someone – and I hope the answer is yes.” – MW

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