Wade challenging Schulz in BOC race

COVINGTON -- Republican Kevin Wade will run against Democratic incumbent Nancy Schulz for the District 3 Board of Commissioners seat.

A Newton resident for six years, this is Wade's second bid for office. He ran for the District 3 seat on the Newton County Board of Education in 2010 and was defeated by Shakila Henderson-Baker.

"This is an important election year not only for our country and state but for our county as well. I believe we need young, new and forward thinking leadership that will move Newton County forward as a vibrant and productive county," Wade said in a prepared statement. "I believe I can be that person. We cannot afford to be under the wrong leadership for the next four years because it will affect not only this generation but generations to come. Now is the time for us to stand and unite!"

Wade is using an acronym of his last name to declare his platform:

-- Work hard to make local government more effective and efficient;

-- Attempt to move this county forward and improve the quality of life in Newton County;

-- Develop relationships and partnerships with businesses to bring more jobs to the county;

-- Encourage open and transparent government to protect the interests of all citizens.

"I want the best for Newton County and now is the time to make that happen. Let's make 2012 the year of true change, hope, and a new beginning for Newton County. Together we can make a difference. I ask for your support, to come and stand with me and all the citizens of Newton County," he said.

Wade grew up in Brooks County and has lived in Newton since 2006. Wade works at Delta Airlines World Headquarters in Atlanta. He began his career at Delta as a staff accountant, where he was responsible for passenger sales accounting. He was recently promoted to senior analyst with responsibilities in sales development and building relationships with travel agents in the regions of Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During his tenure, he has worked to build relationships with more than 40 travel agencies worldwide.

Wade previously worked as an accountant with Presbyterian Homes of Georgia. During that time, he was responsible for working with two assisted living facilities, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations and finances, developed the annual budget, and created policies for the facilities. He also served as the chairman of the Republican Party for Brooks County from 2004 to 2006.

Wade is a graduate of Brooks County High School and earned a degree in business administration with a focus in accounting from Valdosta State University in 2003. During his collegiate career, he was a leader in the Baptist Student Union, serving as an officer and leading multiple mission trips worldwide.

Wade is PTO president for Flint Hill Elementary School and serves on the executive board of the Newton County Republican Party. He is youth pastor at Oxford Baptist Church.

He and his wife Amy have a child, Ashton, and live in Oxford.

Wade asked that residents contact him at electkevinwade@gmail.com or 678.906.5143.


billq12345 3 years, 3 months ago

Hi fellow. Maybe if you went back to Brooks County you might could even think about running down there, Acronyms?


Frustrated 3 years, 3 months ago

Can someone that has only lived in Newton County for six years REALLY know whats best fo rhte county? Not saying anything bad about him but seems like a short time living here to determine how best to lead the county.


cooterbrown 3 years, 3 months ago

The school bd democrats spend 2K on hotels. Just sayin.


cooterbrown 3 years, 3 months ago

2K to hand deliver letters from hotels mibad.


Bemused 3 years, 3 months ago

It's a Democratic district. He won't win.


dennistay53 3 years, 3 months ago

Our Newton County Republican party has stated that they willl vet their potential canidates in April. This has been stated by their chairperson. They will have potential Republican candidates go in front of a panel which will include former Republican elected officials, Newton County republican officials among others. You could be questioned by such as John Douglas, Tim Fleming, Ester Fleming, Chairperson Fleming, Mort among others. They say two things you will be asked are how you feel about taxes and if you support the County Mgr form of government. This articule can be found by google searching Newton County Republican Party to vett canidates. So, any canidate running as a Republican will be basically the same if they have their wish. I am a life long conservative, but i could not imagine if the National Republican party had ordered Newt, Romney, Santorum, Paul to be for the same ideas. I can't believe the local Republican Party to go to these measures to align with the 1st and 5th district commissioners as well as the announced 5th district commissioners in keeping the voters of Newton County in being allowed to vote on the form of government they want. THe chairperson of the local Republican party states that one person can't take care of 100,000 people. Mrs chairperson as an elected official you are not suppose to take care of the citizen, you are supposed to represent them. I ran as a Republican for commissioner back in 1996 when the local party was a true conservative party that wanted ideas from the voters and party canidates running for office as well as input from the citizens on important measures such as change in type of government, a time when Republicans would't think of hiring out county contracts without going through the bid process.. Wakeup Newton County Republican party before you lose the rest of your conservative base in Newton County


Frustrated 3 years, 3 months ago

sounds like they are just trying to keep things running as they are now. Thats exactly what we DONT need. We need people on the Board who can think for themselves and not be little puppets like has happened in the past. Guess I wont be making the Republican short list.


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