COVINGTON - Tim Fleming has announced that he is running as a Republican in the District 5 county commission race.
A Newton County native, "I want to preserve the county for future generations to come. I want them to have the same opportunities I've had," Fleming said.
If elected, Fleming said his top priorities will be addressing growth, transportation and infrastructure needs.
"I am not opposed to growth, but we have to be sensible and have planned, quality growth with an emphasis on our short- and long-term planning goals," he said. "I will be an advocate for vigorously attracting commercial development simply because it is the backbone to our county's economy. We have to continue to plan for the future and that means looking at future water resources, infrastructure needs and dealing with road and transportation problems in the county. With the county growing and today's economy, the county will need to continue to be fiscally responsible to ensure that we are spending our citizens' tax dollars wisely."
Though this is his first run for office, 25-year-old Fleming has been active in politics for years, working for Congressman Mac Collins, Sen. Brian Kemp, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and former State Rep. Barbara Bunn.
"If elected, I will be open. I will be a good listener and open to all my constituents any time of day to listen to any problems they have," he said.
Fleming is the government and regulatory affairs director for Klip Communications, where he works with local municipalities and counties across the southeast helping to plan for future infrastructure needs.
He is a graduate of George Walton Academy and holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Georgia.
Fleming is a member of Zion Baptist Church and has done volunteer work for March of Dimes and with special needs children.
He has a wife, Lacey.
Fleming is the son of Ester Fleming, the current District 3 commissioner, who has announced that he will not seek re-election.
Though Fleming said he's happy to have support from his father, "I made the decision to run on my own. I'm my own person. I have my own opinions and views."
Fleming is the first Republican to announce a bid for the District 5 seat. Incumbent Monty Laster will not seek reelection.
Randy Vinson is running on the Democratic ticket.
Qualifying for the July 15 General Primary will take place April 28-May 2.
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