Georgia State Rep. John Deffenbaugh, District #1, gears up for what appears to be a complex election. As of April 15, 2014, he firmly stands behind his promise "There is still more to come," Deffenbaugh said.
"I am a conservative that will spend your tax money as if it were mine, because some of it is mine," Deffenbaugh said.
Deffenbaugh faces three opponents: Republicans Alan Painter and Robert Goff and the only democrat on the ballot, Thomas McMahan.
Goff and Deffenbaugh have both served as Dade County Commissioners but Goff doesn't have the proven track record Deffenbaugh established during the 2014 legislative session.
The representative previously served four years on the Dade County Board of Commissioners, including a year as Chairman. He also served as Chairman of the Dade County Growth Opportunity for several years and as a Deacon at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.
Deffenbaugh has dedicated his life to public service. After serving in the U.S. Air Force for four years he returned to Dade County Georgia to earn his B.A. in physics. At Covenant College Deffenbaugh met his beautiful wife Linda and they have been married for over 40 years.
The family man and dedicated public servant has two sons and four grandsons which he adores.
After graduation the Georgia representative went to work at Horizon Electronics where he spent over 40 years.
Dedicated to ensure the future community leaders are educated and headed in the right direction Deffenbaugh can be found teaching in the Kids' Club at the church and also volunteering with the Cub Scouts.
Deffenbaugh considers it an "Honor" to have served in the U.S. Navy Reserve for over 20 years.
"I look forward to continue serving the residents of Northwest Georgia, District 1, in the State of Georgia," Deffenbaugh said.
His extensive experience while serving his community includes:
- Serving the constituents
- Extensive knowledge on bills: Budget, Education, Guns, Jobs, Veterans and Constituents.
- GOP Leadership.
- County Commissioner.
- Deacon - Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church.
- Cub Scouts
- Retired U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.
He clearly understands that the creation of good paying jobs will provide financial growth for the citizens.
"I will continue to work tirelessly to make adjustments to create the conditions for job creation. There is a need for legislators and educators to work together to solve the needs of students," Deffenbaugh said.
The legislator continues to work together with educators to solve the needs of students.
"I meet with educators, as needed, to resolve their needs within budgetary assets," Deffenbaugh said.
Criminal justice reform is also on the top of his list of goals. "This is an area which can bring about savings on non-violent offenders (alternative sentencing) while making room for the violent offender so that they are off the streets. With careful consideration, we can have savings in this area," Deffenbaugh said.
Appointed by Speaker David Ralston to serve on the following committees:
Deffenbaugh served his constituents as well as the committees he represents with honesty, integrity and perseverance.
Deffenbaugh has the hometown advantage as well as a well-known established presence in the Georgia General Assembly during the 2014 legislative session.
"Now that the 2014 Georgia General Assembly has completed its session and fulfilled its only legislative requirement, a balanced budget, I can now announce my candidacy for another term as your representative for Dade and Walker counties," Deffenbaugh said.
In a candid interview Deffenbaugh answered tough questions:
- What made you want to get into politics? "I enjoy people, I enjoy the process that can help people. I have given over 30 years in service to my country, county and state. Public service is John Deffenbaugh."
- Why the House and not the Senate? "The House is close to the people. I can service and help more people directly."
- What are the most important issues you highlighted this session? "Budget, Education, Guns, jobs, helping Veterans, and helping constituents."
- Once re-elected what are your plans? "Once re-elected I will continue to be available to my constituents to help them navigate state government. Watch for unintended consequences on bills and be ever watchful of our tax dollars."
- You've overcome some serious health issues. Has that ever affected your ability to serve the public? "My health issues are part of who I am. I am a fighter, cancer twice. first bout was 15 years ago, and the second was about 6 years ago."
"It has been my honor to serve all of the citizens of District 1," Deffenbaugh said, "It has been my pleasure to hold your seat in Atlanta as your representative. From that seat I have been able to assist many of you in your everyday problems with government issues. I look forward to continuing to serve you in this manner."
Citizens of Dade and Walker counties keep an eye out for the hard-working representative. Deffenbaugh will be out in the community knocking on doors and asking what assistance, if any he can offer.
"My legacy to my constituents is that I dealt justly with all, I loved showing mercy and I walked humbly with them and my God," Deffenbaugh said.