An evaluation specialist at the International Republican Institute has thrown his hat into the ring for the 2018 County Council election.
Dylan Diggs, who said he was born and raised in Mount Airy, is running as a Republican for the District 1 seat currently held by Councilman Jerry Donald. Donald, a Democrat, won the seat in 2014 by 25 votes over Ellen Bartlett.
Diggs is running to “represent district one in the County Council to help foster opportunities for businesses and families by keeping taxes low, limiting regulations, encouraging smart growth in our communities, and ensuring education is supported in the community,” according to a news release.
Diggs has worked for International Republican Institute, an organization started in 1983 by Ronald Reagan, since 2009. The institute works with countries around the world to build governments centered around democracy.
In his role, Diggs develops and analyzes metrics that determine if the institute’s work is conducted efficiently and effectively, according to the release. Diggs has also been involved in politics since high school and worked for the McCain-Palin campaign in communications and the Romney-Ryan campaign on international and economic policy, the release said.
Diggs graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in political science, and earned his master’s in government from Georgetown University with a focus on democracy and governance, he said.
He will formally announce his candidacy on July 9 at Brew’d Pub.
Only two other candidates have filed so far for county seats in 2018: Regina Williams, a Republican, has filed for county executive and Sharon Keller, a Republican, has filed for re-election as register of wills.