The Covington News reports that Newton County Commissioner Mort Ewing (R-District 1) will not run for re-election this fall and former State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) will run to replace him:
“Please allow me this opportunity to advise you that I will not seek re-election as District One Commissioner for the Newton County Board of Commissioners,” Ewing said in a letter he gave to fellow commissioners after Tuesday’s board meeting. He also mailed the letter out to constituents Tuesday.
“On Dec. 31, 2012 I will complete my 12th year as a district commissioner. I have made every effort to be a team player and to make decisions that were in the best interest of Newton County. My personal goal has always been to represent the citizens of Newton County in good faith as an honest public servant.”
Former state Sen. John Douglas announced that he would be running for the vacated District 1 seat on his Facebook page Wednesday night. Douglas has also previously served on the Newton County Board of Education and said he had been looking to get back into local politics.
“I knew Mort was considering not running, and I saw this as an opportunity to continue to serve Newton County and to build on a lot of the initiatives he has championed,” Douglas said Thursday morning from Tennessee. He was traveling back from Iowa, where he had been working phones for Newt Gingrich’s campaign.
Douglas ran unsuccessfully for the Public Service Commission in 2010. He had previously supported Perry in the presidential race, but switched to Gingrich shortly before his numbers took off.