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Grady Smith says he's not retiring as Commissioner

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Richmond County Commissioner Grady Smith still remembers a piece of advice he received as a young man.

"Believe none of what you hear, and half of what you see," Smith laughs.

He says that bit of wisdom can apply to those asking about the rumors regarding his retirement from his District 10 seat.

"So you're not retiring?" asks Fox 54's Jake Wallace.

"No!," Smith exclaims.

Smith has been dealing with several health issues over the last year, many stemming from a years-long battle with Diabetes.

His health issues forced his absence from a few meetings in the last few months.

"I hated to miss them," he says. "But the people who know me know that had I been able to be there, I'd have been there."

Smith is currently at home recovering from surgery to remove several toes.

But those past issues and absences have led some to question if Smith is reaching the end of the line as District 10 Commissioner.

Smith assures, however, he is not stepping down from his post.

In fact, he says he'll be in attendance for Tuesday's Commission meeting.

"If there comes a day when I feel like I'm not giving my constituents and the public their money's worth, I'll step aside," Smith says. "I think that day hopefully is a long time in the future."

Despite rumors that his health will lead to his departure from politics, Smith says he plans to not only continue serving, but will also run for re-election in 2014.

"I plan to run," he says. "I'm planning on being there and doing what's right, and trying to vote on issues that I think will help this county."

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