It’s now official. State Rep Delvis Dutton has ended weeks of speculation and has joined the race for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District. Dutton at this point will face Rick Allen, who narrowly missed the runoff in the 2012 cycle for the same position and John Stone who ran against Barrow in 2008.
Alarm bells have been going off within Georgia’s GOP structure and in DC, where the RNCC has targeted GA 12 as a top ten race. Those same officials are worried that this year is setting up to be a “wave” election for Republicans, but wary of the nomination mistake made in 2012. As such, Dutton has been rumored to have received significant encouragement to become a candidate. Note that early voting starts in less than three months, and you’ll see that he’ll need to maximize his efficiency to at least get a runoff spot on May 20th. If he does, then he has 9 more weeks to earn the right to challenge Barrow. Despite the district being drawn to heavily favor a Republican, Barrow is clearly no pushover.
The dynamic at play here indicates a pattern similar to GOP efforts to defeat former Congressman Jim Marshall. In GA 8, Republicans continued to nominate someone from the heavily populated area of the district but left the southern flank wanting to vote for “the person not the party”. When the GOP nominated Scott, they had a candidate that knew and related to the rural parts of the district well, and connected easily with the GOP base around Macon/Houston counties.
Dutton, from Glennville in Tattnall County, is a House member from the Southern and quite rural part of GA-12. As such, he fits the profile of Austin Scott. Time will tell if he fits Scott’s new title as a member of Congress.
His press release is below the jump:
Delvis Dutton to Run for Congress in Georgia’s 12th District
|Glennville, GA - Following an outpouring of support for Delvis Dutton’s candidacy in Georgia’s 12th District, Dutton today announced he has filed the necessary paperwork to run for Congress.
“I’m humbled by the overwhelming support I’ve received from across the district,” stated Dutton. “I want to take Georgia values and Georgia commonsense to a broken Washington. We need leaders who will put people and principles before politics. I look forward to working hard to earn the support of voters as I travel the 12th district.”
Delvis Dutton is a Christian, husband, father, family man, small business owner, farmer, conservationist, and an avid outdoorsman. A lifelong resident of South Georgia he grew up working on the family farm, he attended Pinewood Christin Academy in Bellville and Georgia Southern University. He now lives in Glennville with his wife Danielle and their two children.
At 22 he started a small water-well drilling business, General Pump and Well, which has serviced more than 2,000 customers in Southeast Georgia. Dutton has a unique understanding of the challenges facing the 12th District. He is a proud conservative who is focused on creating rural jobs and ensuring that the government operates within its means. Dutton is a strong supporter of smaller government and supports the need for a balanced budget amendment.
To learn more about Delvis Dutton, or to contribute, please visit:www.DelvisDutton.com