Buddy Deloach has announced that he is running as Republican for the Georgia House of Representatives for District 167. The seat is currently held by Rep. Jeff Jones, an outspoken critic of Speaker David Ralston. The two will face off in the May Republican primary.
Deloach’s campaign issued the following:
Buddy DeLoach, Republican, has announced his candidacy for the Georgia House of Representatives, District 167, which includes part of Glynn, and all of McIntosh and Long Counties. The primary election will take place on May 19, with early voting on April 27.
DeLoach is a native of Liberty County and has lived most of his life in Coastal Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he taught school and served in the U. S. Army during the war in Vietnam. He is the owner of an independent insurance agency and served four years as Mayor of Hinesville. He served ten years in the Georgia House of Representatives, where he chaired the Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government and the Governmental Affairs Sub-Commit- tee on Elections. After leaving the legislature, he served eight years as a Board Member of the Jekyll Island Authority during revitalization.
DeLoach has a long list of accomplishments during his service as a State Legislator. He was instrumental in passing laws that ensured hate crime criminals received the toughest penalties, and he worked to raise the exemption on both retirement in- come and State Income Tax for seniors. His work on conservation and environmental issues earned him an endorsement from the Sierra Club, as well as the Legislator of the Year award from the Georgia Environmental Council. DeLoach was also honored by receiving the Department of the Army Patriotic Civilian Service Award from General Barry McCaffrey for his support of soldiers and their families during Desert Storm.
“I am focused on getting the job done for our region and not getting sidetracked by headline issues or other distractions,” DeLoach noted. “I think we are all tired of the angry rhetoric and divisive attitudes we see too often in government today. My goal is to bring back respectful cooperation necessary to accomplish what the people we represent expect of us. We have a great opportunity to promote responsible growth while protecting the unique natural resources of our Coast, but we MUST work together to reach these worthwhile goals.”
Buddy has been an active member of the Methodist Church all his life, and currently serves as a Trustee for the Coastal District of the United Methodist Church.
Buddy DeLoach and his wife, Linda, have been married forty-six years and have one son, Jeffrey, who practices law in Athens .