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Jones-Guider Likely 'Lone Ranger' Vote Against Sunday Sales on Nov. Ballot

Jones-Guider said she expects the rest of the Board of Commissioners to allow the alcohol measures to be placed on the ballot.

Jones-Guider Likely 'Lone Ranger' Vote Against Sunday Sales on Nov. Ballot

Ann Jones Guider said she expects to be the "Lone Ranger" later today as the only dissenting vote opposing placing two alcohol-related resolutions on the November ballot.

The Douglas County Commissioners will be voting at 10 a.m. to allow citizens to vote on regulating Sundays sales by retailers of beer and wine between the hours of 12:30 and 11:30 p.m., otherwise known as Sunday Sales.

The second resolution will allow voters to permit restaurants to sell Sunday by-the-drink.

Commissioners discussed the ordinances in their Monday work session meeting and will make the final decision in today's voting meeting.

Not a lot of discussion was held during the work session because Jones-Guider said the Commissioners already know her feelings.

Sunday Sales "is more than likely to pass," she said, but I'm going to vote against it. That's something I've made clear from the very beginning. If something comes before the Board of Commissioners, we have to make a decision based on what we feel is best for the general public and the community.

"It's simple to say lets put it to a vote," Jones-Guider continued in an interview with Douglasville Patch. "Since we have a representative government where we elect officials, we get to make the decision to pass it or not based on the general public's good. I know this is not good for the community. It means more drunk drivers, more deaths and more lives broken. More alcohol is just not the answer to our problems.

"A lot of people moved here from Atlanta to find a better life now we're adopting the same ordinances as they have in Atlanta," said the District 4 Commissioner. "We should make one thing clear, this is for the unincorporated part of the County, outside the City limits, from Fairplay to Winston. It's more than likely going to pass within the City limits."

Jones-Guider said she expects the rest of the Board of Commissioners to allow the measures to be placed on the ballot.

"I think I'm going to be the Lone Ranger on this one but some things are worth fighting for," she said. "I know I'm going to get some flack but that's just the way I feel.

"I've been the director of Celebrate Recovery at the Ephesus Baptist Church for seven years. I've seen the devastation."

Jones-Guider said she expects to make a statement to the commuinty at today's meeting.

District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare told Douglasville Patch that he fully trusts the citizens of the County to decide on alcohol sales.

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