Holmes County native Brandon Newsom has announced his candidacy for Holmes County’s District 2 Board of Commissioners seat.

The seat is currently held by Commissioner Mickey Locke.

Newsom, a 2003 graduate of Ponce de Leon High School, earned his certification in Basic Electricity from Tennessee Community College and began working for Walton Construction Services shortly after high school graduation. While at Walton Construction Services, Newsom was rapidly promoted to crew foreman before accepting a position at Mastec Inc.

But it’s the experience Newsom gained while serving in public works departments that he says has most prepared him to serve the needs of Holmes County.

He joined Alachua County Public Works in 2007, where his expertise was fully developed, allowing him to operate equipment of all sizes for road construction, worked with citizens to resolve road issues and was an integral part of the public works team that created road construction projects.

In 2009, Newsom brought his experience as an employee of the Holmes County Public Works Department, working part-time while attending the Law Enforcement Officers Academy.

In 2011, he was sworn in as a Walton County sheriff’s deputy, where he served as a member of Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) and gained extensive experience working with citizens, conducting operations, and investigating crimes.

Newsom states his service in law enforcement helped him gain insight into a different aspect of community needs as well.

One idea Newsom hopes to bring to the board if elected is having the Board of County Commissioners host meetings in each of the county's municipalities.

"It's difficult for someone who lives in Ponce de Leon, for example, to get off work and make it to a commissioner meeting in time to hear issues or express concerns," said Newsom. "Government should work to be accessible to all its constituents."

Newsom says this idea is part of his desire to make a difference and work with other county residents by drawing from a variety of both professional and personal experiences.

“I have worked for county government, own a local business, and have children in the public school system. All of these experiences help me empathize with the struggles and issues we have here in Holmes County.”

Currently, Newsom runs his own business, U-Load Dumpsters, which services Holmes County and surrounding areas.

He is married to fellow Ponce de Leon graduate Autumn Rain Newsom, and they have three daughters: Lily, Olivia, and Ember.