John David “J.D.” Stallings has announced after much consideration and prayer, that he has qualified to run for Mayor of Thomaston in the upcoming election this November 3rd. Stallings has served over a year and a half as Councilmember for District 3. Stallings graduated from Upson-Lee High School in 1994. He received his Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration from Gordon College. He has been employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation for almost 17 years. He is a Georgia Republican Party State Committee Member, a 3rd District GAGOP Committee Member, and a graduate of the 2014 Republican Leadership for Georgia Program. He has served as Georgia Department of Transportation Engineers’ Association State President as well as State Vice President. Locally, he is the Chairman of the Upson County Republican Party, member of the 2015 Leadership Upson Class, a Deacon at Trinity Baptist Church, past Thomaston-Upson Arts Council (TUAC) President, and has coached youth sports in Thomaston-Upson County for more than 15 years.
Stallings was raised most of his life in the Silvertown Mill Village, and still currently lives there. He is the son of Rev. Jerome and Shirley Stallings. Both sets of his grandparents, the late Buster and Hazel Washam and the late J.B. and Ruth Stallings also lived in Thomaston. His parents and his oldest brother Jeff also live in the Silvertown area. His other brother Chad, along with his wife Jade and their girls, Jensine and Erin also live in the City of Thomaston.
Stallings has a great heart and love for his community. He feels like it’s the right time and he is the right man to lead Thomaston forward. Stallings has some new and fresh ideas that he would like to see happen for the City of Thomaston. He wants to hold more town hall meetings to get more ideas and feedback from the citizens. He feels like the City could do a better job in getting information out to the public. A more up to date website where citizens could watch council meetings, find events, and even pay their utility bills is a necessity. He would even like to see the City find a way to do budget billing so the customers can have a constant bill throughout the year to avoid the usually higher summer months’ bills.
Stallings also hopes to see the Mayor and Council help to develop the Citizens’ Panel that has been requested by many citizens recently.
“I feel like this committee can be a useful tool in communication between local law enforcement and the public. With the future hiring of a new Police Chief, it is an opportune time to build a more positive relationship between our hard working law enforcement officers and the community. The national media is quick to show the bad relationships in some communities, but I have seen our officers work hard to disprove this theory with successful events like the recent basketball tournament that was held.”
Stallings knows that jobs are a major concern in our community. He wants to make it a priority to work with the IDA, and he is committed to do whatever is necessary to attract more businesses to locate in our city and county. Stallings feels like he can utilize his experience as well as his contacts throughout the State to help get the job accomplished.
“We are all in this together. Any business that decides to come to this area will benefit the entire community, City, County as well as the School System. ”