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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 678.906.5143.