Wood to run for BOC chair

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The election is 11 months away, but one candidate has entered the race for chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners.

June Wood posted a note last week on her Facebook page with a picture of her standing in front of the county election office. She has filed her notice of intent to run with the appropriate state and county offices, meaning she can raise money and do certain other things to get her campaign off the ground.

A county resident for 13 years, she is no stranger to many in the business community and other civic initiatives. Right now she is chairman of the board for the Henry County Chamber of Commerce, a role she will relinquish within the next month as her one-year term ends. She said she would be resigning from her seat on the Chamber’s executive committee when she officially qualifies to run in the spring.

Wood retired two years ago from Georgia Power, where she spent more than 26 years. Her last position there was external affairs manager for the south metro region, meaning she was the community relations point of contact for Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Coweta and south Fulton counties - working to improve community development and economic development in those areas.

She is a past chair of the Southern Crescent Technical College board of directors and a current member of the Piedmont Henry Hospital board, from which she will take a leave of absence for her campaign. She is an original board member of Communities in Schools and has served on the county’s United Way advisory board

Having been approached in the past about running for office and declining to do so, she said she was “inspired” about a month ago by a message from her pastor at Tabernacle of Praise Church International, where she is an active member. That confirmed her decision to enter this race.

“The whole focus of this campaign for me is unity,” said Wood, who is running as a Republican. “Based on my leadership skills and my passion for this community, I’m offering up my heart to enhance where we are today.”

She plans to spend the next few weeks getting organized, finalizing campaign strategy and starting to raise funds. Given her regular routine of community involvement, finding opportunities to meet people throughout the county from all walks of life seems like a given.

“I’m excited,” she said. “I have a great passion for our community and I’ve retired here so I have another reason to help make it a great place to live.”