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Eaton to run for state senate

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By The Staff

After 34 years serving  Shelby County, David Eaton said he is hoping for a new position to serve from: State Senator.

Simpsonville's City Administrator is throwing his name into consideration for a 20th district state Senate seat that Sen. Gary Tapp is vacating in 2010.

"After careful thought and prayer, and with the urging of many citizens, I am excited about the opportunity to run for this seat to serve all the citizens of the 20th District," he said in a press release.

Eaton, a Democrat, started as a teacher in the county, spent 10 years as a city council member, 8 years as Shelbyville's mayor and is now in his fifth year as Simpsonville's City Administrator.

"To me, some of the major issues are education and job creating," he said. "And I've been involved in all of those areas here in ShelbyCounty."

He said it's also his personal values which make him a good candidate because they mesh with the values of the district.

"As a conservative Christian Democrat, my values of faith, family, and country are in step with the values of the majority of citizens in this district. I can promise you that no one will work harder to protect those values than I will," he said.