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Georgia Republican Primary Election - May 21, 2024
“Don Townsend is the most experienced candidate, and he is my choice for the next County Executive
– Ted Rumley, County Executive
“Don Townsend has the experience to lead as Dade County Executive and I am pleased to offer my endorsement for his candidacy.”
– Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Together We Can Make a Difference


Who I Am

My name is Don Townsend, and I am campaigning for the Office of County Executive and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Dade County, Georgia.  I feel that I am the most qualified person to run for this position.  I have served as County Clerk and Chief Financial Officer to the Board of Commissioners over 17 years.  I have attained multiple certifications from the Georgia County Clerks Association (GCCA) and from the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG).  Both of these organizations utilize the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government to certify all training and staff development classes attained by elected and appointed officials.  Through these organizations I attained my Certified County Clerk diploma and completed the Clerks Master Education Program. I am a 1989 graduate of Northwest Georgia High School; a 1993 graduate of the University of Georgia where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Political Science:  Public Administration; and in 2001 received a diploma from the Graduate School of Banking and Finance at Louisiana State University.  I am a member of the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and a current member and Past President of the Georgia County Clerks Association whereas in 2020 was awarded the “County Clerk of the Year” representing all 159 counties in the State of Georgia.  I have been a member of the Trenton-Dade Optimist Club for 33 years where I formerly served as Secretary-Treasurer and a Past Distinguished President (twice) during my tenure, and past Lieutenant Governor of the Georgia District Optimist International.  Locally, I served as past President of the Dade County Kiwanis Club, past and current President of the Trenton-Dade County Lions Club, former director and member of the Dade County Chamber of Commerce, and member of the Dade County Historical Society.  I formerly served on the Dade County Board of Education from 1996 to 2000.  In 2021 Georgia Governor Brian Kemp appointed me to represent Dade County as a board member of the Selective Service System.  Most importantly, I am a Christian, member and Deacon of Silverdale Baptist Church.

What I Stand For

✔ Limit County funds for only needs, not wants

✔ Reduce all County debt

✔ Promote a Balanced Budget

✔ Restore our County's Emergency Funds (Savings)
✔ Public Safety: Protection of Life and Property

✔ Maintain a low millage rate

✔ Full Support of Local Law Enforcement

✔ Conservative Values

✔ Quality of Life in our Community

✔ Controlled Growth

✔ Expand Tourism

✔ Promote Economic Development

✔ Historic Preservation

✔ Pave County Roads

✔ Ensure Clean Source of Water

✔ Reduce the costs of solid waste management
✔ Secure Future Grant Funding to:
Pave more county roadways
Resurface Interstate 59 & Interstate 24
Assist our Senior Citizens utilizing State Funds
Protect our Sheriff's Deputies with bullet proof vests & radios
Provide staff development training to all County employees
Increase local law enforcement presence in our communities
Continue Public Transportation for our Seniors
Support for our Local Library

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