Ryran is a homegrown product of Lamar County. He is the son of Tammie Traylor Merritt and Don Traylor. At an early age, his mother took advantage of everything that she could to help him develop into a young man who loved God, his family, friends, and community. This included involvement at church, local athletics, and scouting. In primary school, he became a member of Mrs. Betty Crawford’s Cub Scout Troop and eventually moved into a Boy Scout Troops led by Scout Master’s Bob Cloudt, Bob Wright, and Lloyd Hammocks. In addition, he had the pleasure of learning from Scout Master Grady Banks. Ryran was a recognized local student-athlete who had the pleasure of continuing his love for football by playing at Georgia Southern. While there, he served in many community and campus roles including Student Government President. After graduating from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine/Community Health, Ryran returned home in a career of physical therapy and healthcare administration. During this time, he was extremely active in the community with various organizations including the Chamber and Rotary. Ryran continued his love for learning by obtaining a Master of Business Administration/Healthcare Administration from Troy State University and is currently in his third year of pursuing a doctorate in Public Health and Leadership at Georgia Southern. Ryran and his wife, Dr. Jessica Traylor, have two children: Ryla and Hutson. They love traveling, sports, and watching their children experience life. He enjoys camping, hunting, and restoring old cars with his son.
| Jarrod Fletcher
Jarrod B. Fletcher was born to the parentage of Mr. Rodney and Mrs. Maggie Fletcher in Stuttgart, Germany while his Father was stationed there with the 82nd Airborne Division. Paternal grandson of Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Catherine Fletcher. Maternal grandparents are Mr. Arthur and Mrs. Margaret Childs. Jarrod is a native of Barnesville, GA. He graduated from the following: Lamar County High School; American Intercontinental University with an Associate’s Degree in Business; Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, with a focus in Technology; Master’s Degree from Liberty University, Curriculum & Instruction - Educational Technology; Education Specialist Degree from Liberty University- Educational Leadership and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. Jarrod is a tenured employee of the Lamar County School system. He will complete his 16th year in May 2023. He began his career as an Intervention Specialist teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade skills, he then went on to work for the district office; Jarrod is the first African American hired in the Lamar County Schools Technology Department and the first African American to hold the Director of Technology position for LCS. He is the husband of Dr. NaToya Fletcher and the Father of children, Neva and Brayden. Jarrod is very active in his community. He is a faithful member of the historical West Mount Sinai Baptist Church, where his family lineage goes back several generations. Jarrod enjoys the great day of service (Pre Covid), a member of the Lamar County NAACP, member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and is a graduate of the Leadership Lamar Program. He hopes to further help his community by being District 1 Commissioner. His favorite quote is: “Service for the citizens”.
| Jason Lovett
Jason Lovett is a serial entrepreneur who specializes in the waste industry sector. He currently
owns a manufacturing business in Milner, Georgia, where he and his team refurbish bins for
international companies and many locally owned businesses. New products, including many
from Jason’s own patent portfolio, are also produced at the Milner facility. In addition to his
current business venture, Jason has previously started, built and sold five other businesses in
industries that include human resources, weather related web development, race engines and
patent rights licensing. He and his family currently own a small cattle farm in Lamar County.
Holding a BBA from Georgia Southern University, Jason is passionate about economics and its
impact on the underprivileged and underserved while remaining a tireless advocate for equal
opportunities for the underrepresented blue collar workforce. In January 2023, he was elected
to the Lamar County Board of Commissioners as District Two Commissioner where he utilizes
this platform to push for lower taxes through stringent budgetary reviews of all departments
servicing the county at large.
Ashley Gilles has an extensive background in Practice Administration as well as Equine Management and Training. In 2009, she combined her passion for both fields and used her skills to provide equine therapy services where she worked with diverse populations including children with physical and developmental disabilities, individuals recovering from trauma, and veterans experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder. Her ability to combine her deep understanding of horses with innovative therapeutic interventions, allowed her to create meaningful and transformative experiences for her clients.
In 2016, Ashley and her family moved to Lamar County. Immediately she realized the sense of community and quality of life in Lamar was like no other. She immersed herself in the community, volunteering whenever she could.
She served on the long term comprehensive plan, the community assessment survey, as a poll worker, and Rebuild Lamar where she is still an active volunteer. Ashley also joined the local Republican Party, where as Secretary, was instrumental in collaborating across the aisle and implementing the first bipartisan voter registration drive at Buggy Days.
Ashley was the Chairman for the Lamar County Republican Party for 4 years. Through her leadership and dedication, the Lamar County Republican Party was awarded a statewide achievement and recognition for being one of the "Top 5 Best Local Parties" in the state. In 2021, Ashley was elected Second Vice Chairman of the Third Congressional District and also GAGOP Chairman of the Under 80k Counties (counties with a population of less than 80,000), where she represented 129 GOP county parties. She was the first in Lamar County to serve on the GAGOP Executive Committee. During this time, she traveled the state helping counties organize and grow their base. She actively worked with State Leadership on legislation in 2021 and 2022 and effectively blocked legislation deemed detrimental to small counties. Ashley stepped down from her position in the GAGOP to run for Commissioner of District 3 to use her knowledge and resources where it matters most, at home.
Commissioner Ashley Gilles is a passionate advocate for her constituents' needs and concerns. She strives to be an accessible and responsive representative who understands that building a thriving community requires active citizen engagement and empowerment. Her commitment to transparency and open communication guarantees that community voices are heard, valued, and incorporated into policy development. Commissioner Gilles continues to actively engage state legislatures and policymakers to influence legislation and secure resources to benefit the county. Her dedication to effective representation ensures that Lamar County is well represented at all levels.
Nancy began her term as 4th District Commissioner in January, 2009. She served on the ACCG Board of Directors for seven years, also serving on the Executive Board. Nancy also serves as the County Legislative Liaison where she was awarded the prestigious Legislative Advocate of the year in 2017. She served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Counties where she served as Vice Chair of several steering committees. Nancy was appointed by Governor Kemp to serve on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Superior Court Clerks Authority. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Towaliga Accountability Court and the CASA Program. Nancy serves as Chair of the Lamar County Regional Solid Waste Authority. During her tenure as a commissioner, Nancy lead the charge of constructing Lamar County’s Fire Station 1 as well as successfully obtaining grant funding for the County’s new Health Department. She attended Mercer University where she studied Criminal Justice and Clayton State University where she studied Private Investigations. Nancy is the proud Mom of two sons and seven grandchildren. She lives in Milner and attends Rock Springs Church
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