Local News

4/11/2012

Architect to run for state seat

By LOUIE BROGDON

The Brunswick News

An architect responsible for designing schools and government buildings in Brunswick and the Golden Isles has announced his bid to run for the state legislature.

John A. Tuten, of John A. Tuten and Associates, Architects, plans to run for the state House District 167 seat soon to be vacated by Rep. Roger Lane, R-St. Simons Island.

Lane was appointed last month by Gov. Nathan Deal to fill the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Superior Court post left vacant after former judge Amanda Williams resigned Jan. 2.

Tuten said Tuesday he submitted his candidacy because he had a responsibility to serve.

"The way that our system works best is for highly qualified people, when they are able, to step in and serve," Tuten said.

Tuten, who will run as a Republican, will still work full-time with his architectural firm, but at this point he said he has time to devote to state business.

While Tuten acknowledges he lacks political experience, he said his life experience will be valuable in the Georgia General Assembly.

"I was raised by a brick mason, I've been a construction worker, a draftsman, a U.S. Marine, and an architect -- and I built a small business," Tuten said. "I think I can relate to a lot of people from that background."

Tuten said he is no stranger to public service. He is a church officer, a Rotarian, a board member of the YWCA and has supported numerous nonprofit organizations. He is also serves on the school facilities committee.

Candidates will officially qualify for office at the end of May.

The primaries and nonpartisan election are July 31, and the general election is Nov. 6.

Deal has not yet announced when Lane will be sworn in as a Glynn County Superior Court judge.