COVINGTON - Businesswoman Nancy Schulz announced Thursday that she is running as a Democrat in the race for District 3 county commissioner.
If elected, Schulz said she will focus on promoting economic development; improving water quality; implementing the county's Comprehensive Plan; and decreasing crime.
Schulz said her work on the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee and Educated Workforce Roundtable has helped shape her views about economic development.
"We all need a good job. I am tired of seeing people leave the county to find work. We need to attract businesses that will provide opportunities for our citizens not only to live, but also work and play in Newton County," she said.
As the owner of an agricultural and recreational business, Schulz said she has been directly impacted by the current water crisis, and recognizes the importance of protecting water resources and air quality.
She is also concerned about the increase in local crime.
"Solutions are complex but begin with increased policing of high-risk areas," she said.
Finally, Schulz praised the vision of the recently approved Comprehensive Plan, and said she believes "the county commission is now charged with the responsibility of having the courage to implement the plan."
Schulz and her husband Dick are the owners of The Oaks golf course. She is also employed as a family nurse practitioner at the Newton County Health Department.
She is a graduate of The University of Tennessee and holds a master's degree from Vanderbilt University.
Schulz has been involved in community service since moving to Newton County 16 years ago.
She is a past Volunteer of the Year with the Covington Family YMCA and has served as chair on the organization's board of directors.
She also been involved with the Fairview Outdoor Learning Center; held PTO offices at Fairview and Cousins schools; and worked with the Newton High School football and baseball booster clubs.
Schulz is a member of St. Augustine Church and the mother of two children.
"I believe that all of us are called to different vocations in life. I have had the opportunity to work with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. My associates know that hard work, integrity and faith guide my actions. I will use my leadership skills along with my experience in managing a business and 30-plus years of caring for people to serve my community," she said.
Schulz will be on the July 15 General Primary ballot along with Democrat Jimmy Clark.
Current District 3 Commissioner Ester Fleming has said he will not seek re-election.
Crystal Tatum can be reached at crystal.tatum@ newtoncitizen.com.