Two more candidates have joined the race for the District 20 Senate seat being vacated by Ross Tolleson.
That brings the field to five.
One is Brooks Keisler of Bonaire, the executive vice president of an educational technology firm, LTS Education Systems.
According to his news release, Keisler is a 1999 graduate of Warner Robins High school and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a bachelor of science degree in speech communications. He is currently working on a master's degree.
Keisler is married and the father of three children and writes, "I believe, as my mother and teachers inspired me to believe, that people can work together to make our great district and Georgia a better place. I am running for State Senate to represent this community with the honor and integrity it has instilled in me."
Another is Jon Martin, a Laurens County commissioner, businessman and former teacher and coach.
According to his news release, Martin is director of business development at Gayco Healthcare, a long-term care pharmacy located in Dublin, Georgia. The company employs 75 people and provides medication to long-term care facilities throughout Georgia, according to Martin.
Already running are Larry Walker Jr., Michael Reece and Vivien Childs, all Republicans.
The district includes Bleckley, Laurens and Pulaski counties and most of Houston. No date has been set for a special election.
Tolleson is stepping down next month after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Here is Keisler's campaign announcement:
My name is Brooks Keisler and I am announcing my candidacy for Georgia State Senate District 20. I was born and raised in Warner Robins, graduating from Warner Robins High School in 1999. I have a Bachelor of Science in Speech Communication from Georgia Southern University and am completing my Masters in Education in Learning, Design, and Technology from the University of Georgia. I am the Executive Vice President of National Partnerships for LTS Education Systems. I am married to my wife of 10 years, Bethany, and we have three children: Anna Brooke (9), Emma Kate (7), and Knox (5). We live in Bonaire.
I appreciate the leadership that Senator Tolleson provided for this district in the Senate. Our prayers are with him and his family during this time.
Through our educators, business leaders, pastors, and my family, the middle Georgia community has helped mold the values and beliefs that I hold dear. My desire is to use those values and beliefs as a guide to represent the people of District 20. I believe, as my mother and teachers inspired me to believe, that people can work together to make our great district and Georgia a better place. I am running for State Senate to represent this community with the honor and integrity it has instilled in me. I would be humbled and honored to serve as State Senator for District 20.
Here is Martin's campaign announcement:
Republican Commissioner Jon Martin to Run for State Senate
Laurens County Commissioner and Conservative Businessman to Run for 20th State Senate District
Dexter, GA (October 14, 2015) – 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."