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Douglas running for Congress

COVINGTON - County Commissioner John Douglas has announced that he will run for United States Congress.

Douglas is seeking the 10th Congressional District seat currently held by Rep. Paul Broun, who is expected to announce a bid for the Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss at the end of 2014. A spokesperson with Broun's office would not confirm that Broun will run for Senate, but said an announcement is expected this week.

Douglas, a Republican, was elected to the District 1 seat on the Newton County Board of Commissioners in November. He has previously served as a state representative and senator and on the Newton County Board of Education.

Douglas has a campaign kickoff rally planned for 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the Newton County Historic Courthouse.

An email sent by Douglas to local media said that he will concentrate on four areas during his campaign: cutting federal spending/the economy/jobs; strong support for the Second Amendment; making the country energy independent; and maintaining a strong military. He added during a phone interview Monday that illegal immigration will also be a key focus, and said he would give more details about his platform at the rally.

"This is an opportunity to actually have an impact on national politics, to work to try to bring some sanity to a dysfunctional federal government," Douglas said. "We have little hope of changing things in Washington, but we have no hope if we don't send good people up there."

By Georgia law, Douglas is required to vacate his county commission seat upon qualifying for another office. Qualifying for the race takes place in April 2014.

The Act to Create the Newton County Board of Commissioners specifies that in the event of a vacancy, the remaining members of the Board of Commissioners appoint a resident of the district to fill the vacancy until the next general election, at which time a successor is elected for the unexpired term, said Jenny Carter with the County Attorney's Office. Newton County's next general election would be in November 2014.

Douglas said he intends to remain on the commission until qualifying.

To the voters of District 1, Douglas said, "I intend to be their commissioner and do the things I pledged to do for them while on the county commission. This is our opportunity to have a local voice in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. I just don't think it's an opportunity we can pass up on. If we can have a local Newton County resident sitting in Congress, then we all benefit. It would be great, as they say, to have a friend in court."

Douglas, 59, is a graduate of Shamrock High School in DeKalb County; has a bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of North Georgia; and a master of liberal studies in American politics from Mercer University.

He is a graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College, and was a United States Army officer from 1977 to 1994, having attained the rank of major at retirement. He was a field representative for the Peace Officers Association of Georgia from 1997 to 2011.

Douglas served on the Newton County Board of Education from 1998 until 2002, serving as chairman his last year. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2002 to 2004 representing District 73, covering parts of Newton and Jasper, Walton, Morgan and Oconee counties.

Douglas represented State Senate District 17 -- covering Newton and parts of Henry, Rockdale, Spalding and Walton counties -- from 2004 to 2010. He was named "Senator of the Year" seven times by numerous organizations, including the National Guard Association of the United States; GeorgiaCarry.org; Georgia Association of EMTs; Georgia Association of Fire Chief; Governor's Office of Highway Safety; and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, he opted not to seek reelection and instead ran for an open seat on the state Public Service Commission. He lost that race to fellow Republican Tim Echols of Winterville.

Douglas was a member of the Newt Gingrich for President field staff in Iowa, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana in 2012.

Douglas is a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Social Circle and of the board of Directors of Purple Heart Quail Hunts, providing wounded military personnel with hunting trips, and Rockdale Cares, which serves special needs adults.

Douglas and his wife Susan have one daughter, Katherine.

Comments

dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

So he's gonna use our tax dollars and time as a paid commissioner to run for congress for the next year and half? Come on John, if you are running for another job you need to resign as county commissioner so someone who REALLY want to serve the 1st district can be appointed. You prove here that you are more concerned with your ego and own state and federal career than you are for the citizens of Newton County and the 1st district.

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John 1 year, 2 months ago

Looks like Douglas took a few pages out of Obama play book to me. And here is just another "fine" example what the public is "feed-up" with career politicans

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Frustrated 1 year, 2 months ago

Douglas had to get his feet back in the water somehow an dthe BOC was the way. DOuglas never was good as a State Senator. What makes him think he would be any better at the Federal level? Remember the threats he made against the Conyers Police just because they stopped him one night? He didnt understand the laws then and probably still dont understand them now. Like dennis said..resign your post some someone that WANTS to work for the county can take your place.

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Bemused 1 year, 2 months ago

Just another career politician looking for a ticket to the really big time. What's the matter Speed Racer, can't squeeze enough out of the backrooms of Newton County? Gotta head to the Ultimate Good Ol' Boys Club in DC?

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LOVINGLIFE 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr Douglas....Please do your district a favor and resign now . If you want to run , that will be fine. Just do it on your own time and not ours. We need our commisioner to have this county at heart . Please dont waste any more time.........

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Del 1 year, 2 months ago

What a complete Joke........He reminds me of the Carpenters..He is far from a Republican and Conservative is not in his vocabulary.....If he plans on running for congress, he needs to resign from his post as County Commissioner.......It will be a spectacle though seeing him get his fanny handed to him running for Congress...........Whatever!!!!

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John 1 year, 2 months ago

I think he should be paid for the rest of the elected term by a pro rated share of each Board Meeting he actually attends and have a deduction of the same amount for each one he misses. Through the "Grapevine", from a very reliable source, he has already missed two meetings - like the singing Carpenters - song "I Only Just Begun" - Wonder if that can be applied to being District 1 commissioner or Campaigning? By 2014 those four campaign platforms "might" be obsolete. I counted 8 - econmomy, jobs, spending are 3 seperate issues not 1 and immigration is a signifcation issue vs an after thought. Not a good start.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

Right on John. If you will look back at some of my posts concerning John Douglas you will find one that asks whether He will serve the 4 years if elected or jump ship as his history shows. Didn't take us long to find the answer did it?

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John 1 year, 2 months ago

U B Right 4 Sur or a spot on prediction! You must have a genetic connection to "Carnac the Magnificent" , aka "Carnac the Great" of the late Johnny Carson fame (just a a bit of humor).

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gsm7476 1 year, 2 months ago

he is one of the few that would return an email. Do not agree with him 100% of the time but I can work with anyone i agree with 75% of the time. we need a congressman fron newton county. we have been left out of the loop too long.

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Frustrated 1 year, 2 months ago

IN the article Douglas says "We have little hope of changing things in Washington, but we have no hope if we don't send good people up there." Who do you suggest we send?

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

If he's elected to congress guess he will run for President in 2016. There's never been a president from Newton County either.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

If he runs for President in 2016 hope he will pick me for vice president since i have a direct family line to President Zackary Taylor. That should be enough to qualify me for VP. Plus there's never been a VP from Newton County. If i'm VP i could help him tote his heavy ego. What say yall? Of course if i'm VP i will quit if a Kings position comes along.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

Mr Douglas we did have a Newton Countian in Congress before. Ben (Cooter) Jones. I don't recall that helping Newton County all that much. I also believe district 10 has some or all of about 25 counties. Believe the other 24 counties would want to be represented as well.

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dennistay53 1 year, 2 months ago

What yall expect, 100,000 people or so to showup Thursday at 1:30 at the historical courthouse to hear John Douglas speak? Hope they have good traffic control that day.

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Del 1 year, 2 months ago

i'm going to step out on a limb here and say there should, maybe, 30 or so, but that will not be a true figure as some of them will be walking by and stop to see the poor ole washed up politician on the steps speak

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Del 1 year, 2 months ago

He probably is not even aware of the rich History we have here in Newton County with a previous servant, whom by the way is quite often looked over:

In the meantime, I sure miss Charlie Norwood

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John 1 year, 2 months ago

I lived in a Waco (McCellan County, Texas, that at once upon a time has a rich history and was well known as the "Cotton Capital of The South". There were 4 families that controlled the cottom farming - their last name all started with a "C" and were & still are referred to as the "Four C's". Waco could have become Dallas, TX but the 4 C's did not want to support building a bridge across the Brazos River to transport their cotton more economically to the North - they did not want any "outsiders" to mess up their good thing. The settlement of Dallas did and the rest is history. Waco finally started to wake up at the turn of the Millenium - prosperity had passed it buy - the surrounding counties enjoyed the lack of competition from McCellan County. Through blood line the 4 Cs influence still remains in Waco but not a strong as it once was. Some folks called that the "good ole boy" system plus the soil around Waco is pretty poor quality today as the nutients sucked out of the ground by the cotton was not replaced by the Fours C's for the sake of increased profit. Todays ag community needs to pay the price and farming isn't as significant as it once was. History is a great teacher!!

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Billy 1 year, 2 months ago

He was helpful to me and to my mother on several problems we had with the state. His replacement hasn't answered an e-mail I sent him, so Douglas is already missed. I hope he makes it...

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