Fourth Annouced GOP Candidate for GA Senate District 20

The following is from a press release sent to us, which brings us up to four announced Republican candidates to replace retiring Sen. Ross Tolleson:

Laurens County Commissioner and Conservative Businessman Jon Martin announced today his candidacy for Georgia’s 20th State Senate District, to replace retiring State Senator Ross Tolleson.

“After a great deal of prayer with my family and friends, and encouragement from so many throughout our community, I am excited to announce my candidacy for State Senate,” Martin said. “I strongly believe that the future of our community requires new leadership with a bold, forward-looking vision. I look forward to bringing principled leadership, common-sense business practices, and a true desire to serve our district in Atlanta. I am not running to be a show horse in the State Senate, but to be a workhorse in Atlanta for our families and communities.”

Martin is a former classroom teacher, football, and basketball coach. He is presently the Director of Business Development at Gayco Healthcare, a long-term care, closed-door pharmacy located in Dublin, Georgia. With 75 employees, Gayco provides medication to long-term care facilities for thousands of patients throughout Georgia. Martin currently serves on the Laurens County Board of Commissioners having been first elected in 2012. He subsequently completed the Association County Commissioners of Georgia Commissioner certification program. Martin is currently on the Dublin Laurens County Recreation Department Board. Martin recently took part in a delegation from Georgia on a visit to Germany on the behalf of the Dublin-Laurens County Development Authority to help recruit companies to consider locating to Dublin-Laurens County. “Our efforts in Dublin-Laurens County are collaborative efforts by County and City officials to work together for our citizens and our future. I will take this same approach in advocating for our citizens in Bleckley, Houston, Laurens, and Pulaski.”

“My family and I love this part of the State, and I truly desire to see it reinvigorated with growth and jobs,” said Martin. While laying out his plan for growth, Martin said, “I think we must focus our efforts on bringing jobs back to Middle Georgia. Our local leaders have done a good job of creating a favorable business environment for potential employers, but we must work at the state level as well to foster a pro business climate, so Georgians aren’t losing jobs to our neighboring states. We must also work to find innovative opportunities within our education system, so we will have a viable work force educated for the needs of companies looking to locate in Middle Georgia.”

Martin earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Tennessee Temple University. He is married to the former Jennifer Hope Brown. They are proud parents of Carson, 12, and Charlee Grace, 9, and remain active in the community. The Martins are actively involved in Dudley Baptist Church in Dudley.