Brian Deakins, 41, has entered the May 5 Primary in an effort to win the Republican nomination for Clay County Commissioner. Deakins announced last week his intention to seek the District 1 County Commissioner's seat.
Deakins, who has been a local businessman for over 20 years, is President and owner of Spun Metals Inc., and is part owner of United Machine and Design Inc.; both businesses are located in Brazil.
"Clay County has been very good to me, my family and my employees," Deakins said in a prepared statement. "Serving the people of Clay County is just one way I will be able to give back to this great community. Clay County is positioned well for economic development, and I want to share my past experience so that Clay County can take full advantage of these growth opportunities."
Deakins has been active in the community, serving as President and board member of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, board member of the United Way of Clay County, Clay County Economic Development Organization, Clay Workforce Development and Clay County Community Foundation. Deakins has also served as National chairman of the Precision Metalforming Association -- Metal Spinning Division, representing the $41 billion metal forming industry. Deakins was a finalist in the 2002 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Deakins resides in Brazil and has one son, Ryan.
Editor's note: Candidates are urged to submit a written announcement of their candidacy. Each announcement will be published as submitted in as much as possible. Candidates are also encouraged to submit a photo of themselves, as Brian Deakins did.