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Posted: August 1, 2012 9:06 a.m.

Dimsdale, Maddox set for runoff

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Wesley Dowdy Tuesday night waiting for primary election results.

The most crowded race of the primary saw four Republicans battle for the seat left vacated by Tim Fleming, who chose not to seek re-election.

Ronnie Dimsdale and Levie Maddox were the two highest vote totalers and will now face off in a runoff election Aug. 21, before facing a Democrat in the November election.

"The whole team is very excited. I just can't say how elated I am to have that vote of confidence," Maddox said, who thanked his opponents for a clean race.

Dimsdale said, "We're going to let the people decide between the two of us. [Levie Maddox] is a nice fellow and I just want to congratulate him on the runoff."

Dimsdale, 74, said in a previous interview he's running again because he feels local governments aren't working together enough, and he wants to see more cooperation between the board of commissioners, board of education, Newton County Water and Sewerage Authority and cities.

"I feel we need to get to more of a cooperative phase in our county, like we have had in the past. We need to have less partisanship, less personal agenda," Dimsdale said. "We all really need to focus on what's best for the community. We can do that by working together. We have enough issues facing us to absorb our time without having all of these peripheral things going on."

Maddox, 40, said in a previous interview he wants to bring fresh perspective and energy to the seat and believes his experience in sales and marketing and manufacturing operations, including business development and purchasing, will help the county plan for the future, including continuing efforts to attract industry.

"With my knowledge, experience and vision, I can assist the board in making informed and sound decisions to ensure that Newton County is competitive and attractive for economic growth and development, which enables the citizens to provide for the safety and stability of their families, for today and many generations to come," Maddox said in a press release. "I want to actively participate in securing the future of this county. I have a vested interest in this community. I plan to watch my unborn grandchildren grow up in the same county that I grew up in."

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