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Posted: February 23, 2012 8:00 p.m.

Wade to challenge Schulz for BOC seat

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Kevin Wade

Republican Kevin Wade will challenge Democratic incumbent Nancy Schulz for the District 3 county commission seat, only the second local election to be contested so far in 2012.

Wade, 30, is an analyst with Delta Airlines and youth pastor at Oxford Baptist Church. He is active in the Newton County Republican Party and ran for the District 3 school board seat in 2010.

Wade said his platform is to make local government more efficient, improve quality of life, bring more jobs to the county and encourage transparent government.

When asked if he was focusing on any specific issues, Wade said Thursday he would expound on his platform later in the campaign. He did say that he believed the county is generally heading in the wrong direction and needs a fresh perspective to get back on track.

"I think its time for my generation to step up and into these types of roles, and our society today needs good, moral leaders that will uphold their values and morals and not compromise. One that has integrity and will look after everybody in Newton County," Wade said Thursday.

"Everything starts with the county...county government is the most important because it feeds off the government above it. The county takes directives from the state and the state takes directives from the federal government. We need to find ways to make sure the laws passed by the state are implemented in our county and are not harmful to our citizens."

Wade is a native of Brooks County and moved to Newton County in 2006 to accept a position with Delta. He serves as senior analyst and is responsible for building relationships with travel agents in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

"I make sure the travel agencies we work with are strong, and I help them with sales strategies to make them more profitable and Delta Airlines more profitable. How can we promote Delta in the region they're in?" Wade said. "Relating that to Newton, how can I make Newton more viable and visible to businesses and people?"

Wade was previously spent two years as an accountant with Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, where he worked with two assisted living facilities and oversaw their day-to-day operations and finances, developed their annual budgets and created policies.

He attended Brooks County High School and received a bachelor's degree in business administration from Valdosta State University in 2003.

Wade and his wife, Amy (Cheek), have one son, Ashton. Amy is a substitute school teacher for Newton County schools and the office manager for H&R Block in Walnut Grove.

For more information, residents can send Wade emails at electkevinwade@gmail.com or call him at (678) 906-5143. 

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