Habersham Co. - Jimmy Dean will go head to head with Victor Anderson, Robert Crumley, and Nick Mitchell for the District 10 State Representative seat soon to be vacated by Representative Terry Rogers.
Rogers announced last month that he was not going to seek another term but remain in his position on the Georgia Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment Commission.
When asked why he decided to run, Dean replies “This is something I’ve thought about since I retired back in 2004.”
Dean retired in 2004 and went into business with his son, Jared Dean, in 2006. The pair own a grading and erosion control business in Demorest.
Before retiring, Dean had a career in law enforcement and law enforcement education.
“I retired after 32 years,” Dean says. During that time he served as a Division Director, Deputy Director, and Acting Director at Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) in Forsyth.
“Prior to my service with the training center, I worked as a training specialist for the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in Athens,” Dean tells WCHM. He also served as a patrolman and detective with the Clarke County Police Department.
“I feel like my past administrative experience within state government and during my time at the training center will help me tremendously in serving the citizens of White and Habersham County,” Dean says.
Dean goes on to talk about the great educators and education Habersham has to offer and notes that one issue he sees is young individuals leaving Habersham after receiving an education.
“We want to maintain the atmosphere and the hometown feeling that we have here in Habersham and White County,” Dean says. “But at the same time, bring in some decent, for lack of a better word, high tech jobs and facilities.” Dean goes on to say he’s for growth but “selective growth.”
Dean ends by saying, “I will work hard to bring new energy and new ideas to the 10th district and of course I ask people for their advice and their vote.”