Candidates Running To Replace Sen. Tommie Williams In SD-19

Former State Representative Delvis Dutton and current Chairman of the Toombs County Commission Blake Tillery have qualified to run for Senate District 19 to replace retiring Sen. Tommie Williams.

Brief bio of Blake Tillery from his press release:

“Tillery is the current Chairman of the Toombs County Commission and serves on the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission and is a member of Kiwanis. Previously, Tillery served on the Workforce Investment Board, the Board of the Boys and Girls Club, as Treasurer of the local Republican Party, and worked on the campaign of Congressman Max Burns.

Tillery is engaged to be married to Ashlee Nicole Sharer from Wayne County and is a member of First Baptist Church.

Named as a Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 honoree in 2013, Blake Tillery is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia class of 2015, Republican Leadership for Georgia, and is a member of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute.”

Brief bio of Delvis Dutton from his press release:

“Delvis Dutton is the Founder & Market Development Director for AllOnGeorgia.com, a news organization dedicated to transparency in government and objective reporting. He previously owned and operated General Pump & Well which served 20 counties across southeast Georgia. A Glennville native, Dutton graduated from Pinewood Christian Academy and attended Georgia Southern University. He has two children, Bryson 8, and Carrington, 6. He lives in Glennville.”

The full press releases can be seen after the break.

Delvis Dutton’s Press Release:

DELVIS DUTTON DEPARTS STATE HOUSE RACE, ENTERS SENATE DISTRICT 19 RACE

(GLENNVILLE, GA) – Following the unexpected announcement by long-serving State Senator Tommie Williams that he will not be seeking another term, Delvis Dutton of Glennville has decided to end his bid for State House and instead seek that of Georgia’s 19th State Senate seat serving Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Wheeler counties and portions of Tattnall and Liberty counties.

Dutton said of the move, “In light of recent events and much prayerful thought and consideration, I believe that I can represent this region, serving 11 counties, with a strong voice of conservatism as I serve as 1 of 56 senators working to protect the assets of these counties while articulating our concerns. Very few people in the 19th Senate district have legislative experience. This district has too many complex needs to be underrepresented and risk being served by someone accountable to special interests.”

Delvis joins the Senate race with the support and endorsements of State Senator Josh McKoon and State Representatives Stephen Allison, Timothy Barr, Buzz Brockway, Michael Caldwell, Kevin Cooke, Michael Dudgeon, Geoff Duncan, John Pezold, David Stover, and Regina Quick.

ABOUT DELVIS DUTTON

Delvis Dutton is the Founder & Market Development Director for AllOnGeorgia.com, a news organization dedicated to transparency in government and objective reporting. He previously owned and operated General Pump & Well which served 20 counties across southeast Georgia. A Glennville native, Dutton graduated from Pinewood Christian Academy and attended Georgia Southern University. He has two children, Bryson 8, and Carrington, 6. He lives in Glennville.

Blake Tillery’s Press Release:

BLAKE TILLERY ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR STATE SENATE

VIDALIA- Blake Tillery qualified today as a candidate for State Senator representing District 19. “I am running because I believe in low taxes, small government, bringing
new jobs to South Georgia through economic development, and improving our infrastructure” said Tillery.

Regarding Senator Williams’ decision to not run again, Tillery said, “Tommie Williams has been a good friend, mentor and public servant. I had the pleasure of working both on his campaigns and in his Senate office in Atlanta. We need more people like him.”

Tillery is the current Chairman of the Toombs County Commission and serves on the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission and is a member of Kiwanis. Previously, Tillery served on the Workforce Investment Board, the Board of the Boys and Girls Club, as Treasurer of the local Republican Party, and worked on the campaign of Congressman Max Burns.

Tillery is engaged to be married to Ashlee Nicole Sharer from Wayne County and is a member of First Baptist Church.

Named as a Georgia Trend 40 Under 40 honoree in 2013, Blake Tillery is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia class of 2015, Republican Leadership for Georgia, and is a member of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute.

Dr. Wayne Williams, campaign finance chairman stated, “I’ve been impressed with Blake Tillery and have seen his record of results in our county. Blake will produce the same type of results for our Senate District because of his vision, maturity and work ethic.”

For more information go to www.BlakeTillery.com. Blake will be running as a Republican and the Republican Primary will be held on May 24, 2016.

Full disclosure: I have donated to Delvis Dutton’s current campaign and previous campaigns. I have always strove to be fair and objective and I will continue to do so in this race.

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