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February 27, 2014

Nicky Starling to run for county commission

A local pastor plans to run for the District 1 seat on the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners.

Nicky Starling said Thursday he will seek the post as a Republican. Qualifying begins Monday, March 3, and ends Friday, March 7. District 1 is basically the southeast part of Whitfield County.

Current District 1 Commissioner Gordon Morehouse said in January he will not seek re-election because he cannot guarantee he will live in the district through a possible second term.

Starling, 58, was born in Dalton and graduated from Dalton High School in 1973. He received basketball and track scholarships to Jefferson State College in Birmingham, Ala., and also attended Dalton State College where he majored in business management. He holds a number degrees in divinity and theology. Starling has served as pastor of Greater St. James Overcoming Church of God since 1986.

Starling served with the Dalton Police Department for many years before retiring in 1984. He has volunteered with several organizations, including being vice president of Harvest Outreach Ministries since 1986, president of the Dalton-Whitfield Chapter of the NAACP from 1988-1992, was appointed to the Martin Luther King Jr. State Holiday Commission by former governor Joe Frank Harris, and graduated from the Dalton-Whitfield Leadership class of 2003.

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