Billy Helton enjoys a life on the farm. Billy, a part-time farmer by choice, enjoys spending much of his time away from work with his family. Other activities he enjoys include hunting and fishing, when time permits.
Billy Helton was elected to the Washington EMC Board of Directors on Oct. 2, 2010. Billy is co-owner of Helton Electrical Services in Sandersville.
“Washington EMC is a nonprofit organization. My goal is to represent the members that I serve by supporting the most efficient sources of electrical costs to their home or business, and manage the operation cost that is added to the energy cost so the kilowatt-hour charge is as little as possible to the member. I am very open-minded to all methods of producing electricity for our members,” says Billy.
“I want to thank the members of Washington EMC for their support and for electing me to the Board of Directors. Your confidence in me is much appreciated. I promise to do my very best,” he adds.
“My dad was a farmer when I was growing up, and I can remember having frozen water lines and no electricity after storms. Sometimes, it would take several days before the power could be restored.
“We had a generator to supply power to the well only so we could have water. Washington EMC has definitely improved service since those days,” says Billy
Washington EMC uses a strategic work plan that upgrades the electrical distribution system to provide more efficient power delivery. An aggressive right-of-way program of cutting trees and trimming limbs reduces outage time from storms. This greatly enhances service reliability for the members.
Billy is a lifelong resident of Washington County. After graduating from Washington County High School, he attended Augusta Technical College, where he completed his electrical training. He later attended Swainsboro Tech and completed its Heating and Air Conditioning program. He is a licensed electrical contractor, licensed low-voltage contractor and holds a license as a conditioned air contractor.
An Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Billy is very civic minded and strongly supports his community and country. He is a member of the Sandersville Lions Club, the Farm Bureau and the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association. Billy and his wife, Natasha, and their two sons, Chris and Will, live near Warthen in Washington County.
“I am interested in our county and the financial standing of this county. I have been in business since 1996, but in this short time, I have seen a lot of changes that concern me. We need people to stand up for what is right and support our local and national economy.”
“We need to be productive citizens and contribute to society. I believe our country should be like a wise farmer who once said, ‘You improve your land for the next farmer.’ I hope citizens can say we left the nation better for the next generation.”