SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. — Charles M. “Charlie” Akin, a former vice chairman of the city school board, is running for the Social Circle City Council.

Akin is a candidate in the special election for the District 3 seat vacated last year when David Keener resigned to run for mayor.

The special election will be March 24, the same day as Georgia’s presidential preference primary. Jonathan Edward Butcher also has qualified.

“I enjoy our lifestyle, appreciate the good people who call Social Circle home and share their small-town values,” Akin said in a statement. “We have amazing opportunities in our community, both in education and in business.”

Akin said his term on the Social Circle Board of Education and service as chairman of the Social Circle Christian School Committee at First Baptist Church has him “energized by the challenges of working in our political arena.”

“I believe I can help make a difference for our residents as well as for the retail and industrial communities which support our town,” he said. “I have some real time experiences in my personal life, and from prior business careers, to help preserve what makes Social Circle exceptional. I am committed to keeping our town the most special and unique community with small town values and big town opportunities.”

Akin served as the director of merchandising for Kroger, senior vice president for International Banking Technologies and vice president of Atlanta Food International.

He was elected to the Social Circle school board in 2014 and served from 2015-18. He narrowly lost his reelection bid to the District 4 seat in 2018, with Sabrina R. Sanford-Flint beating him out by three votes.

Colleagues on the board appointed Akin as vice chairman in 2017, succeeding John Callahan after he resigned to run for board chairman.

Akin is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve and serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Social Circle. He and his wife, Sandy, have three children.

“We love Social Circle and are so proud we chose to make this our home,” he said. “The citizens of District 3 have my commitment, if elected, to work closely with the mayor and all government officials; my promise to always focus on the best interests of District 3; and my pledge to be strong on small town values and big town opportunities.”

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