By Patrick Yost editor
Morgan County farmer Philipp von Hanstein said Monday he would qualify as a Republican to seek the District Four Morgan County Board of Commissioner seat. Ellen Warren Jones, who ran as an independent, currently represents the Fourth District on the board. von Hanstein, 52, said he was running, in part, “…to improve some of the city and county relationships.” “I would like to be a voice of the people of the fourth district. Your voice, your choice,” he said. von Hanstein owns and operates a beef and row cropping farm and is a certified police officer that works part-time as a deputy at the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. von Hanstein was born in Germany and moved with his family to Morgan County in 1981 and he soon became a naturalized American citizen. He currently serves on board of directors of the Morgan County Farm Bureau and the Madison-Morgan Conservancy and is a past president of the Morgan County Farm Bureau. He also is a graduate of both “Leadership Morgan County” and the Georgia Agri Leaders Forum Foundaton, where he also served on the board. von Hanstein said he would use his leadership skills to repair what he says is a “division between the county and city (of Madison).” “We all live in the same house.” If elected, he said, he hopes to give voters of the Fourth District “a representative that will listen to them.” Current District Four Commissioner, Ellen Warren, declined to reveal whether or not she intends to run this November.