COVINGTON -- Businessman Wesley Dowdy has announced he is running as a Republican in the District 5 county commission race.
Dowdy, who has lived in Newton for five years, said he is a fiscal conservative who will bring his business abilities to the board. He is the vice president of Duke Hospitality, which owns and manages four hotels in Lithonia, McDonough and Cartersville, and the former regional director for a hotel company and a hotel general manager.
"I think the board has done what it needed to do to reduce some spending this last term," he said, but added that even as the economy improves, "We need to hold our belt tight. I don't think we need to see local government grow back to where it was prior to the economic downturn."
Dowdy said he would prioritize spending on infrastructure, particularly roads, and public safety.
He would also like to see Newton remain competitive in recruiting industry through tax and other incentives.
"I think all areas of spending should be analyzed down to the very smallest detail and reviewed and we need to be as efficient as possible because I think we need to have better standards when we're dealing with others money than even our own," he said.
Dowdy describes himself as "highly analytical," a skill he said he would bring to his position as commissioner.
"I want to know the reason behind everything," he said, adding that the motto he uses in business is, "Trust but verify."
If elected, Dowdy said he would host regular forums for citizens to come and give input and air their concerns.
"I don't believe me being elected is so my opinions can be voiced on the board. I believe it's so I can represent the concerns of the people in my district," he said.
Dowdy will make a public announcement of his candidacy and host his first meet and greet at 5 p.m. Friday on the Square in downtown Covington. The event is open to all citizens.
Dowdy, 25, grew up in Rome, Ga. He studied business administration at Georgia Highlands College and theology at Luther Rice Seminary.
Dowdy and his wife Jennifer have three daughters, Lillie, Lacie and Lorin. The family attends Central Community Church in Covington.
For more information about Dowdy, visit www.wesleydowdy.com. Dowdy encouraged citizens to contact him directly by calling 678-729-7444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.