Lifelong Clay County resident Mike McCullough, who is currently the Clay County Council President, is running for re-election as Clay County Council At-Large in the upcoming Primary election.
McCullough, a Democrat, wants to promote business and industry in the community.
"I enjoy being involved with the process and working with the other council members, as well as the other county officials," he said. "I want to continue to help promote business and industry in the area, try to maintain a tight budget and keep the county's operating balance good and solid."
For the past 16 years, McCullough has been on the Clay County Council, serving four years as president.
He said the council's primary function is to handle the county's finances.
"I think we (the council) have done a really good job of keeping the county's financial status in good shape, especially with these hard economic times," McCullough said. "We've been able to build our operating balance back up after making some big cuts to keep the financial status solid."
According to McCullough, Clay County has had the best retention of jobs and job growth in the last three years compared to the five surrounding counties.
"We've done a good job working with local industry in retaining jobs and creating new ones," he said. "We've had good growth with some of our companies."
McCullough is self-employed with his business, Mike's Kitchen Gallery, which sells and designs custom cabinets, entertainment systems and more.
He is also a past board member of the YMCA of Clay County.
Currently, McCullough is the vice president of the board of directors for the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, an advisory board member for Clay County Community Corrections and a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
He is married with two children, two stepchildren and six grandchildren.