Morgan Co. resident Belton vies for District 112 seat

Dave Belton of Morgan County announced his candidacy Tuesday for the District 112 seat.

Dave Belton of Morgan County announced his candidacy Tuesday for the District 112 seat.

COVINGTON — A Morgan County school board member will vie for the District 112 seat in the state House of Representatives.

Republican Dave Belton announced Tuesday he plans to run for the legislative position currently held by state Rep. Doug Holt, who said Monday he would not seek re-election.

Belton joins two Newton County Republicans — Aaron Brooks and Ester Fleming — who also are running for the state House seat.

Belton said he’s thought about running for the seat for awhile.

“I believe I have a good track record and will focus on bringing more jobs to Morgan and Newton counties,” Belton said. “It’s about having our children be able to raise their own family at home. We need to capitalize on the jobs that are coming into the counties.”

Belton said the way to do that is to guard education by offering vocational-technical teaching and “streamlining the school systems so children can get high paying jobs.”

Belton’s Morgan County education experience besides serving on the school board includes more than 11 years involved with the PTO and a monthly column entitled “The Belton Bulletin.”

He’s also written more than 60 articles in support of conservatism and public education in two local newspapers.

Belton has served as the vice chair of the Morgan County Republican Party for more than seven years and is also a member of the Coverdell Leadership Institute, a conservative “farm-team” that trains Republican leaders in the state.

He served a 23-year stint in the military and retired from the Air Force Reserves in 2012 from Robins AFB, Warner-Robins. During his service, Belton flew in five conflicts, both as a Naval aviator and as an Air Force pilot. He moved to Buckhead in 1999.

He is now an international pilot for Delta Airlines.

Belton married the former Theresa Johnson of Charleston, S.C., 25 years ago and they have three children.