JERSEY, Ga. — A first-time candidate said he’s running to “be the change” on the Walton County Board of Commissioners.

Wesley Jackson, 30, of Jersey said he will seek the Republican nomination for the 3rd District seat in this year’s elections.

Republican Timmy Shelnutt of Loganville is in his second term representing the district.

“I’m running to be the voice of the people,” Jackson said in a statement. “I’m a proud Christian conservative that thinks that Walton County citizens can have a louder voice.”

The primary elections will be May 19. The general election will be Nov. 3.

Jackson spent eight years as a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, until 2015, and owns a small farm. He also works for Perimeter Roofing. His wife, Morgan, is a police officer in Social Circle.

“When elected to this position, I promise to always put Walton County and its citizens first,” Jackson said. “I promise to be honest, transparent and make decisions, not just from my own beliefs, but the community as a whole.

“I have always been a man of my word and I don’t intend to change anytime soon.”

Jackson attended school in Social Circle.

Through his work with Perimeter Roofing, Jackson has gotten involved with the company’s nonprofit, Perimeter Cares, and the school lunch challenge to help nearly 80 schools across the state pay off student lunch debt.

“What started Perimeter Cares is we got word that kids were being bullied because they didn’t have enough money for regular lunch and were given a sack lunch that had peanut butter and jelly in it,” he said.

“We had also received information that some of the kids were taking their lunch home from school and saving it to feed their brothers and sisters so they wouldn’t be hungry. I love helping the community and want to better help in a better way.”

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