By a vote of 16 to 12, the DeKalb County Republican delegates Saturday nominated John David Foutch as their candidate for the office of Assessor of Property in the August 2008 General Election. Foutch, an Alexandria resident, told WJLE of his plans to run Friday night then made the announcement official on Saturday, during the Republican convention.
Foutch was selected by the narrow margin over local business woman, Sandy C. Brown, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the office in 2004, losing to Democratic incumbent, Timothy (Fud) Banks.
Foutch was thankful to the delegates for choosing him as the Republican party candidate.
"I'd like to thank each one of you for your vote of confidence in me. I've been more active in the community over the last five or six years than I ever have been in my life, but I've had more opportunity to do so. Since you have elected me your candidate, I'll do my best to take the State's Property Assessor courses before the election, if I can, so when I go into the office, I'll be ready to serve the public. If I get elected to this office, the office doors will be open anytime. I intend to be out there in the community, seeing what's going on, and trying my best to help. There have been a lot of changes in DeKalb County the last few years. Our population growth has been something to look at. With the change that's coming, we need some changes in some of our offices. We need to be dealing with what's coming along. If not, we're going to be left behind. We need to make the playing field level for everyone in the county, regardless of who you are, what your distinction in life is or what your status in life is. I think it should be level for each and every one of us."
Foutch is also the first district member of the DeKalb County Board of Education
Meanwhile, incumbent Reed Edge announced his intention to seek re-election for the second district constable position and was nominated by the convention. No other constable candidates came before the delegation.
DeKalb County voters will be electing an Assessor of Property and Constable from each of the seven districts in the county during the General Election next August.
The Democratic nominees for these offices will be chosen in the DeKalb County Democratic Primary on February 5th.
Democrats and Independents have until noon December 13th to become qualified to run.