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Bailey announces intent to run for Board of Education

On Tuesday June 14, 2016, current Board of Education District 1 member Trey Bailey submitted his Declaration of Intent to run for election.

Bailey was appointed by the Newton County Board of Education on March 15 to serve the remainder of Stan Edwards’ term after Edwards resigned to run for Board of Commission District 1.

Due to Edwards resigning in the middle of his term, a special election will be held in conjunction with the Nov. 8 general election. Qualifying for the special election runs June 27-29. Tim Smith has also announced he will run for the District 1 Board of Education seat (

Since his appointment in March, Bailey has been to multiple board of education member training sessions, including the recent Georgia State Boards Association in Savannah, Georgia. He has been an active board member in many board activities and decisions, including passing the fiscal year 2016 through 2017 Newton County School System budget.

Bailey is a native of Newton County and has lived in District 1 for the last 20 years. He and his wife, Alonda Hodges Bailey, have been married for 20 years. The couple has three daughters: Anna Beth, 11; Kaitlyn, 8; Kristen, 8, who all currently attend Mansfield Elementary School.

The Executive Pastor at Eastridge Community Church, where he has been on staff for 12 years, Bailey graduated Newton County High School in 1992. He attended the University of Georgia before graduating from Mercer with a Bachelor in Business Information Systems.

Bailey has served the Covington Newton County Chamber of Commerce as chairman of Leadership Newton County for five years and the Special Events Committee for three years. He volunteers with both the Covington Regional Ballet and the Arts Association of Newton County.

“I am committed to making decision with the best interest of the children of Newton County in mind,” said Bailey, of his decision to run for election.

To read more about Bailey and about issues he believes face the Newton County School System, visit