Grady Smith said he's running for the Super District 10 seat because he's had a stake in Augusta for 35 years and now has the experience to lend for its benefit.
"I feel like my experience in business over the last 35 years gives me the ability to discuss issues with prospective business owners, manufacturers and industry to move here and become a part of our community," Smith said.
Smith is a co-owner of Smith Brothers Mechanical, which employs more than 60 people.
"I was born and raised here, and I'm a taxpaying property owner, and I also pay taxes through my business," he said.
He also has been on the board of trustees at Augusta State University and served as past president of the Augusta Exchange Club, which sponsors the Georgia-Carolina State Fair in Augusta each year.
Smith was appointed by then-Gov. Zell Miller to the Georgia Construction Board and has been chairman of the plumbers' division since 1998.
"This, I feel, gives me access to people I've met in Atlanta in the Secretary of State's office and the House and Senate that can help Richmond County become what we want it to be in the future."
He said his main goal is to give something back to the community that has been so good to him and his family through the years.
"I promise to be accessible to everyone in Richmond County, not just those in District 10," he said. "When we travel and are asked where we're from, we say Augusta, Ga."