John David “J.D.” Stallings hasn’t even taken office as the new District 3 Council member in the City of Thomaston, and he is already saving the city money. Stallings, an employee of the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT), was the only person to qualify to fill the term of the late Dr. Jim Richards, therefore the city will not have to have a special election on March 18, 2014, saving the city several thousands of dollars in election costs.
Stallings, in his late 30’s, graduated from Upson-Lee High School in 1994. He attended Gordon College, where he received an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration. He has been employed with GDOT for the last 15 years, and is currently the Georgia Department of Transportation Engineers’ Association State President.
He is already familiar with leadership roles in both the state Republican Party and locally. He is a Georgia Republican Party State Committee Member, a GACOP Committee Member, and a member of the 2014 Republican Leadership for Georgia Class. Locally, he is the Chairman of the Upson County Republican Party Third District, a Deacon at Trinity Baptist Church, past Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) President and board members, and has coached youth sports in Thomaston-Upson County for more than 15 years.
Stallings said he ran for the seat not for a position, but in order to make a difference in his community.
“I look forward to serving the City of Thomaston as District 3 Councilman,” Stallings said. “I am also eager to work with the Mayor and the other members of the Council as well as the Upson County Commissioners to make Thomaston and Upson County the best place to live, work, and raise a family.”
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.