Forrest Floyd already has in mind what one of his first orders of business will be after he takes office.
Floyd, who took more than 75 percent of the vote in the county commission District 1 race, said he will introduce a resolution in support of efforts to prevent further pollution of the Ogeechee River. Floyd, a Republican, campaigned in part on the river’s troubles.
“I know writing a resolution isn’t going to fix it,” he said. “But the more pressure we put on the governor and the EPD, the more apt we are to get something done with that issue.”
Floyd said he spoke with Dianna Wedincamp of the Ogeechee Riverkeeper at activist Erin Brockovich’s speech at Love’s Seafood last week, and Wedincamp expressed to him her disappointment in support from Effingham officials.
“They said they would support us and help us anyway they could,” he said.
Floyd won the Republican primary in July and outpolled Democratic incumbent Bob Brantley 2,806-903. Floyd said he was “very much humbled” and surprised by the margin.
“I really thought it would have been closer,” he said. “I felt pretty strong. I didn’t realize it was going to be that big a margin. There were a lot of people upset about the Ogeechee River and they didn’t see any leadership on Bob’s part.”
The result also vindicated the work he put in, Floyd acknowledged. He, his wife Nancy and his cousin Bill Floyd put out numerous signs and held several meet-and-greets.
“I had a lot of people in my corner,” he said. “I had friends making phone calls and talking to people. So we had a pretty strong support system.”