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Dear Cherokee friends,

It is official, I won with 70.43% of the vote! I would like to thank everyone that voted in this election regardless of who you voted for.  I would like to thank my family, my friends and all the volunteers that donated their time and financial support to help with my campaign. This campaign was a huge team effort and I am blessed to have the support of such a great team.  I would like to express my gratitude to the 1,091 people of District 3 that voted for me.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

My campaign manager told me that I visited a little over 3,000 homes during this special election, I guess that explains why I need a new pair of shoes.   Visiting with people from all over the district was my favorite part of this campaign.  I enjoyed meeting everyone and I look forward to working with you and for you. 

Best regards,




Dear friends,

It is official, I made the runoff!

I would like to thank everyone that voted in this election regardless of who you voted for. With the turnout so low, I appreciate each person that took the time to cast their vote.

would like to thank Debra Frieden and Matt Lear, you both ran good campaigns and I know personally how hard you both worked.

Finally, I would like to thank my family, my friends and all the volunteers that donated their time and financial support to help with my campaign. I am blessed to have the support of such a great team.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

       Warmest regards,

       Benny Carter

 Dear Cherokee friends,

During a campaign a lot of conflicting information is heaped on voters.  It is easy to be left feeling confused.  I would like to speak to you about why I feel this campaign is so important. 

Since 2007 we have enjoyed a responsible growth majority on the board of commissioners.  The development community is anxious to flip our board to pro-growth.  In 2018 and in this election the developers have heavily funded the candidate they can count on to approve their high-density developments in rural areas of the county.   Unfortunately, that funding provided one of my opponents with the means to mail a letter attacking my qualifications.  I don’t know about you, but I am tired of dirty politics.  The return address on the envelope was from a fake, non-existent company.  The opponent that sent this out didn’t have the courage to put their name on the letter.  His cowardly act has now cast a shadow of doubt on the other two candidates in this race.  The people of District 3 deserve better. 

I am proud of the positive campaign I have run.  I have focused my time getting to meet with voters like yourself to talk about the issues that are important to you and sharing my qualifications to be your next commissioner.  If I missed you, I hope that you will visit my website or my Facebook page Elect Benny Carter.  

I have lived in this district for over 18 years.  I care about Cherokee County and have proved it with the tangible results of my work here.  I have been active in serving the people here through several business and numerous volunteer positions.

Talk is cheap; to achieve results you need mature, effective leadership.  On Tuesday I hope you will cast your vote to have just such leadership.  I will represent your interests with dedication and honesty.  I have no personal competing interests.  My only motivation is to serve the community I hold so dear.

I have a desire to serve the people of our community in a greater capacity because I believe that I can make a difference.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 770-851-3054.

I ask for your vote this Tuesday, March 19th, in the special election for County Commissioner of District 3.

Warmest regards,

Benny Carter


The facts regarding my resignation as city manager:

I did work as the city manager of Canton for a brief period.  The former mayor and city council approved the decision to purchase the church for city hall. They were given a bare bones and unrealistic renovation budget by the contractor and architect. If the true scope of work and cost of renovations were known, the project would not have been approved.

I was tasked with managing the renovation of a 75-year old building that had been neglected for some time with an unrealistic budget.  There are challenges with renovating historical buildings and the contractors found additional repairs that needed to be made in order to save the building.  I stayed on until the renovation was complete and the employees were moved into the new city hall.

Decisions that were made regarding the renovation and issues pertaining to growth were in direct conflict with my conservative beliefs.   I made the decision to resign because I believed it was impossible to be true to myself and effective as the city manager.



Dear Cherokee friends,

While living and working in Cherokee County for the past 18 years, I have been active in serving the people of Cherokee through several business and volunteer positions.  Like many of you, I have come to realize what a great community we have here in Cherokee County.   I love Cherokee County and I will work to preserve the great quality of life we all enjoy here.

I am qualified to lead with integrity and committed to being accessible to the residents of Cherokee County.  I bring the professional experience, conservative values, and commitment necessary to do the job well.  I will work to protect our quality of life and create economic opportunities for the county. I am committed to responsible growth that allows our roads, schools and public safety a chance to keep up. I will focus on the issues that are important to you such as lower taxes, improving our infrastructure, bringing quality jobs to the county, fully supporting our public safety and providing parks to meet the recreational needs of all residents.  I feel I can provide a helpful and positive role as commissioner and be an advocate for the people of our district.

I want to be your voice on the Commission and am asking for your vote on March 19th.

Warmest regards,

Benny Carter



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