Local retired banking professional David Sweat has announced his campaign for the Fourth District, Glynn County Commission seat.
The post is currently held by Republican Bill Brunson, who earlier this year said he would not seek reelection, after serving two terms.
Sweat will be running as a Republican. Early voting in the primary will begin May 2nd.
Sweat has served in leadership roles in civic and professional organizations, including the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, Brunswick Rotary Club, College of Coastal Georgia Board of Trustees, Glynn County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Rome Jaycees, Exchange Club, Kiwanis, and the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce. This marks his first attempt for elected public office.
Sweat is a Brunswick native, growing up within the boundaries of District 4, attending schools located in that district, and living a total of 40 years as a primary resident of Glynn County. A member of Brunswick High School’s 1975 graduating class, Sweat attended Brunswick Junior College (predecessor of College of Coastal Georgia), after which he earned degrees in Banking and Finance from the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia, lettering in Baseball at UGA. As a banking professional, he graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Leadership Glynn, Leadership Cobb, and Leadership Floyd.
In early years, Sweat worked as part of a family -owned business located in Glynn County. Most of his banking career was focused on working with small business owners. Later, as a federal banking regulator, he was named as a Subject Matter Expert in Small Business Administration Lending and Trust department reviews. Over a banking career spanning 42 years, Sweat has been employed in both private and public sectors. “My heart is in this community and I would like to transition my experience and make a positive impact on the Glynn County Commission,” Sweat said.
As a volunteer, Sweat has expanded Brunswick High School Alumni networks. In 2009, he created the social media group BHS Graduates of the ‘70s. During 2021, Sweat spearheaded the founding of the BHS Soul Survivors group to better network former BHS football players, while also offering hot meals to current players in season after weekday practices conclude and other nutritional support. He serves as a Mentor for the Art and Lindee Lucas Center for Entrepreneurship at the College of Coastal Georgia. He is actively engaged with the Goodyear Park Neighborhood Planning Association.
A member of First United Methodist Church of Brunswick, Sweat is father to both a grown daughter and son, and is looking forward to the nuptials of each that are planned for 2022.