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Commission hopeful announces campaign
Derucki to make bid in District 2
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John Derucki
The 2010 election continues to take shape in Forsyth County.

In the latest move, John Derucki said he plans to run for the Forsyth County commission post held by Brian Tam.

This summer, Tam announced his intent to seek the District 24 state House seat being vacated by Tom Knox, who is running for state insurance and safety fire commissioner.

Qualifying for the 2010 election will be in April. To qualify, Tam must relinquish his seat in District 2, which covers much of south Forsyth. A special election will then be held to fill the nearly three years left on his term.

Derucki, who turns 51 next month, has lived in Forsyth County for about eight years. Originally from Indiana, he said he “hasn’t really focused just on District 2 because it’s a countywide race.”

“There are things that I think are important to District 2, but there are also things I think are important to the entire county,” he said.

In 2008, a new law replaced the at-large method of electing commissioners. Beginning next year, the seats will be district specific.

The new setup will apply to the two county posts, Districts 1 and 3, that are up for re-election next year. Due to the timing, however, the District 2 post will be elected by voters countywide.

Derucki said he thinks Tam has made a significant contribution to the board and he would like to continue that leadership.

While this is his first foray into politics, Derucki said he has served at a state level on education boards and other organizational groups.

“People are called to service in a lot of different ways, this was the way that in my heart I felt that I could really contribute to the community that I live in so that’s what started the whole process,” Derucki said.

Derucki is a graduate of Purdue University. He is a U.S. Army veteran, member of the Georgia State Defense Force and owns a construction business.

Budget woes are the top issue the county is facing, Derucki said, followed by quality growth, which includes affordable housing.

“When I say affordable housing I’m not talking about subsidized, low-income housing,” he said. “You can’t just have $400,000 and up homes.

"I think about the teachers too ... the reason we have an excellent education system is because we have fantastic teachers. If they can’t live where they can have a reasonable commute to work, eventually they’re going to go to work somewhere [else].”

Derucki and his wife, Julie, are the parents of two daughters, Sara and Kate, and attend St. Benedict Catholic Church.

In a statement announcing his intentions to run, Derucki said he understands “the values of faith, family and freedom" that are important to county voters.