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Former Newton Commissioner Fleming to run for Holt's seat

Ester Fleming plans to run for District 112 seat. (Special photo)

Ester Fleming plans to run for District 112 seat. (Special photo)

COVINGTON — Another Republican has announced candidacy for the District 112 seat in the state House of Representatives.

Life-long Covington resident and former Newton County Board of Commissioners member Ester Fleming said Tuesday he plans to run for the legislative seat that represents Morgan and Newton counties. Aaron Brooks of Covington also plans to run for the seat now held by state Rep. Doug Holt, who announced Monday he would not seek re-election in 2014.

“We are facing a lot of tough issues, and we need a proven conservative leader we can trust to represent us, champion the interests of our community and stand up for our principles,” Fleming said.

Fleming said he’s committed to serving the community and will continue to do so.

He said he wants to use his business experience to work with Gov. Nathan Deal and other state leaders to push reforms to lower taxes as well as work to attract more companies similar to Baxter International to grow the economy and foster job growth. He also wants to focus on the agriculture industry in the two counties.

“I’ve served four terms as a commissioner and understand the issues. I’m not going to count votes or take polls. Anyone who knows me, knows I shoot straight and vote what’s right for the entire community,” Fleming said. “I’m going to stand strong to protect our conservative principles. We’ve to get this economy back on track.”

His business experience is diverse from being a small business owner to a manager for Fortune 500 companies. Fleming is currently employed with the Gwinnett County Government Office of Support Services and serves on the Covington Airport Authority.

He was appointed by former Gov. Sonny Perdue to serve a term on the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority and has served in leadership positions with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and is the former Newton County Republican Party chairman.

Fleming and his wife, Delia, have been married for 41 years and have three sons and three grandchildren.