SOUTH FORSYTH — The Republican state lawmaker from south Forsyth who said last week that he would not seek re-election this spring has endorsed a potential replacement.
According to District 25 state Rep. Mike Dudgeon, local business executive Todd Jones has his backing.
In announcing his bid in the May 24 Republican primary, Jones said he became interested in local issues soon after moving to Forsyth County from south Florida in 2007.
“I was brought up very clearly, that you’ve got to serve, and it’s about being something bigger than yourself and what is it that you can give back,” Jones said. “When I got here, I had four young children, and I really wanted to do was really get involved … and that really meant getting involved with the schools.”
He said his interests soon expanded to other areas and local issues.
“As time went by and as my children got a little bit older to allow me to have just a little bit of flexibility with my time, I started to see some things outside of the school system,” Jones said. “I started to see some things that were happening at the county level, what was happening at the state level.
“I’m not trying to say, ‘Hey, this whole thing is broken and needs to be flushed down the toilet and started over.’ But I think there needs to be perspective.”
Dudgeon announced on Jan. 25 that he would not seek a fourth term in the legislature due to time constraints with his business career.
Jones is the first to declare his intent to run for the post, which Dudgeon has held since 2011.
In a statement, Dudgeon described Jones as “a great fit for our community.”
“His business background and commitment to our conservative values will help lead our community forward,” he said. “Todd has proven leadership skills and I know he can get the job done for us in Atlanta.”
Jones, who has never held elected office, said he was grateful for Dudgeon’s endorsement. He added that among the issues he intends to tackle are growing business, improving options for students and government transparency.
Jones, who earned bachelor’s and law degree from the University of Florida, has worked for years in the technology industry. He currently serves as executive vice president of ProcessMAP Corporation, an international technology firm.
He and his wife, Tracey, have been married 23 years and have four children between the ages of 11 and 19.