A local businessman who serves on a number of Forsyth County boards recently announced his run for the District 27 state Senate seat, which is currently occupied by Forsyth County Republican Sen. Michael Williams.
On Monday, Greg Dolezal, a west Forsyth resident, announced on social media and several other platforms he would seek to replace Williams, who said on June 1 he was adding his name to the list of candidates for current Gov. Nathan Deal’s seat.
Dolezal’s announcement comes just weeks after another Forsyth businessman announced his run for the District 26 seat in the Georgia House, which is currently held by Rep. Geoff Duncan.
Duncan filed paperwork in April to vie for the position of Georgia’s next lieutenant governor.
“I’ve always had an eye for state and local issues,” Dolezal said, “and we need mouthpieces at the state level who are speaking up for conservative values. Forsyth County is a prosperous community and I want make sure everyone in state continues to keep [the county] viable.
“I’m [running] to make sure Forsyth has the best representative it can and I’m running to represent everyone here.”
In addition to his campaign announcement on Monday, Dolezal announced his steering committee — more than 175 Forsyth County leaders who share his values and will help him get elected.
Some of the members include: Sheriff Ron Freeman, State Representatives Todd Jones, Sheri Gilligan, Wes Cantrell and Duncan, Commissioners Todd Levent, Rick Swope and Laura Semanson and several church leaders.
“I am humbled and honored to have dozens of high caliber leaders and visionaries supporting our campaign,” he said. “The potential of Georgia and Forsyth County is limitless when we are able to harness the power of this team behind one cause.”
Dolezal, who has lived in the state for about 15 years — the last 10 in Forsyth with his wife – is a partner at Renewed Vision, a Forsyth County-based technology firm that serves companies such as Disney, The Smithsonian, The NFL, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and others.
In 2013, he launched the website FixForsythTraffic to help ensure local infrastructure was being prioritized to accommodate growth.
He has previously served as on the Forsyth County Planning Commission, the Impact Fee Committee, the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee and he currently serves on the Transportation Plan Steering Committee.
On Tuesday, Dolezal told the Forsyth County News he has been overwhelmed by the positive response to his announcement.
“The unique thing for us is my wife grew up here and we’ve been here for over 10 years now,” he said. “She owns a hair salon here, so she cut everybody’s hair and was everyone’s councilor. We’ve been able to demonstrate that we believe in this county and we treat everyone with respect even if we disagree with them.
“My steering committee really has everyone from both sides of the aisle and I think people have latched onto that. Hundreds and hundreds of people have shared and liked my [Facebook] post and it’s just very humbling.”
Dolezal and his wife, Natalie, have three young children: Naomi, 5, Lincoln, 3 and Norah, who is five months old.