Former Holly Springs City Council member Jacqueline Archer announced plans this week to run for chairperson of the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners in 2014 in the Republican primary.
Archer said in a news release dated April 12 that she is ready “to get to work” and looks forward to the opportunity to serve the residents of Cherokee County.
Present Cherokee Commission Chairman Buzz Ahrens said Wednesday that he has not decided whether he will seek the position for a third term. Ahrens added that his decision will come much later.
“It’s real simple,” he said. “We’re a year away. Qualifying isn’t until next May.”
Archer was elected to the Holly Springs City Council in 2001 and served as a council member for about a decade.
She is a member of the Cherokee County Development Authority Board of Directors, which works to bring new business and support the expansion of businesses to create jobs in Cherokee County, the news release from Archer said.
In January, Archer was elected as the treasurer for the Republican Women of Cherokee County and is an active member of the Cherokee County Republican Party.
In 2012, Archer tackled the challenge of lung cancer awareness to provide designated funds to be used for early detection, patient advocacy, treatment and public awareness of lung cancer, the release said.
As a life-long non-smoker and Stage 3 Lung Cancer survivor, she set the goal to establish a vanity automobile license plate for Georgians to purchase, and she led the charge by fast-tracking the project through the Georgia General Assembly in a record-setting seven weeks to name the state of Georgia as the first U.S. state to offer a Lung Cancer Awareness License Plate for automobiles, the release said.
One of her many desires is for Cherokee County to flourish in a responsible manner, thereby creating jobs inside the county in an effort to provide a “live, work and play community,” which can ultimately improve the quality of life for those who live in Cherokee County, she said in the release.
“Serving the residents of Cherokee County in the various past and current roles has been and remains an honor and a privilege that I do not take for granted. I look forward to the opportunity to continue and expand my work on behalf of so many who call Cherokee County their home,” she said.
Archer has been a licensed Realtor for 20 years and has worked in executive industry roles during much of her professional career, she said.
Archer serves on the Cherokee County Advisory Board for MUST Ministries, and is a VP, Advocacy for The Joan Gaeta Lung Cancer Foundation, a member of the Board of Directors for The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board for TeamDraft.
She attended Evangel College in Springfield, Mo. Archer resides with her husband in northern Cherokee County and has three adult children.
The Archers are active members of New Life Church in Canton.