State Sen. Douglas seeking re-election

Former State Sen. John Douglas of Newton County.

Former State Sen. John Douglas of Newton County.

COVINGTON -- State Sen. John Douglas, R-Social Circle, has announced that he will seek re-election in 2010.

Douglas is in his third term representing District 17, which includes all of Newton County and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties.

"It is a great honor to represent the people of the 17th Senate District in Atlanta and I will continue to work to ensure that all of the citizens of these five counties have a voice when decisions are being made that impact our lives," Douglas said.

In a press release issued Monday, Douglas outlined four components of his platform. Topping the list is the economy.

"We must continue to tighten our budget belt until this terrible Washington-induced recession is over," he said. "Getting Washington and Atlanta off the backs of individuals and businesses and lowering taxes is the quickest way to end the economic problems we face."

Water supply will continue to be an issue of paramount importance, especially given a federal judge's recent ruling that Georgia stop withdrawing water from Lake Lanier within three years, Douglas said.

"We must continue to negotiate with our neighboring states and at the same time work to seek a positive court ruling as we appeal the previous verdict. Favorable congressional action is also a possibility but not likely to be successful in our case," he said. "Finally, strict water conservation measures must be planned due to the possibility that Lake Lanier will no longer be available for our use."

Education is another priority for Douglas, who said local school boards must have more control, and parents should have more options on how to educate their children.

Regarding transportation, "I believe the local option funding mechanism allowing counties to raise their own money or work with neighboring counties to raise funds is the best option for improving our highways, roads and streets," Douglas said. "I oppose a statewide transportation sales tax increase that would be the largest tax hike in Georgia history."

During the six years Douglas has served in the State Senate, he has held the position of chairman of the Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee and has served as secretary of the Higher Education Committee and as a member of the Appropriations; Transportation; Public Safety; Ethics; Education; Banks and Banking; and Science and Technology committees.

He has been recognized with six Senator of the Year awards from various organizations, including the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; GeorgiaCarry.org; the Association of Emergency Medical Technicians; the National Guard Association of the United States; and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety.

Douglas previously served one term in the Georgia House of Representatives and served on the Newton County Board of Education from 1998-2002.

Douglas was an Army officer who retired from military service in 1994.

He and his wife Susan have a daughter, Katherine.