By Patrick Yost
District 112 Georgia House of Representatives member Doug Holt said Monday he would not seek re–election to a seat he has served for 10 years. Holt’s term in office is set to expire at the end of 2014.
In a press release, Holt said “A decade is a long time to serve, and I appreciate the trust given me to do so. Now it’s time to return to private life and give someone else the chance to help guide our state government.”
On the same day Holt announced he would not seek re–election, three challengers for the position, including a Morgan County official, immediately announced their intention to run.
Morgan County Board of Education District 5 Representative Dave Belton issued press release Monday stating he would seek the office, which includes all of Morgan County and parts of Newton County, as did former Newton County Commissioner Ester Fleming. Aaron Brooks, a Newton County resident “with over 20 years of experience in business and sales” also announced he would seek the 112th house seat.
Holt was elected to the seat in 2004 and was sworn in in 2005. He will serve one more year representing the 112th district.
Holt said he would be returning full time to his IT consulting firm, Newton Computing Corporation, which he has operated since 1996. “I’m very grateful to the many folks who’ve supported me in this endeavor, especially my campaign team and my wife Julie and son Ray. If I’ve done some good in these years, I must respectfully attribute it to the invaluable support and advice they’ve given me.”
Belton, an international pilot for Delta Airlines, said creating employment in the district would be his primary focus during what appears to be a long campaign effort. “People know that I’m a bulldog. My priority will be “Jobs for Georgians.” My commitment is to tenaciously fight hard to bring quality jobs and business back to east Newton and Morgan,” he wrote in a press release.
“You know as well as I… there are very few jobs for our graduating seniors. I want our children to raise their children in Newton and Morgan counties. The only way they can do that is with jobs that pay a living wage.”
Belton, 49, has served as the vice chairman of the morgan County Republican Party for the past five years and is retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Belton is married with three children.
Fleming, according to a press release, also called job growth and lower taxation a priority. “If elected, I will use my business experience to work with Governor Deal and our state leaders to push continued reforms to lower taxes. As well as work to attract more companies like Baxter Internationalto grow our economy and foster job growth.”
“As a conservative, I will stand strong to protect our conservative principals and I will do everything possible to oppose radical policies like Obamacare…”
According to Fleming’s release, he served four terms on the Newton County Board of Commissioners and is currently employed with the Gwinnett County Government Office of Support Services and serves on the Covington Airport Authority. He is also a former chairman of the Newton County Republican Party. He is married and has three children and three grandchildren.
Brooks, 40, said he entered the race “after much consideration and prayer with my family,” according to a release. “I am running because my neighbors, friends and family are concerned about our children’s future and the people of the great state of Georgia. We need representatives under the gold dome that stand for conservative values and lower taxes. Fees and taxes are being raised while government spends too much. We need to eliminate the state income tax and replace (it) with a ‘Fair Tax.’ ”
Brooks, in a press release, also advocated school choice and ethics reform. He is married and has two children.
No Democrats have currently announced their intention to seek the seat.