Bill Werkheiser, age 53, announces his candidacy for the Georgia State Representative 157th District as a Republican. The district covers all of Tattnall and Evans counties and a portion of Wayne County. Werkheiser is a local businessman who has owned and operated Southeastern PrinTech for 29 years.

Bill is a 1982 Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Southern University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology. His business, Southeastern PrinTech, with locations in Glennville and Statesboro, primarily services the Coastal Empire. His shop was awarded top awards from Crouser & Associates, the largest printing consulting group in the industry. Werkheiser served as financial secretary of the Southeastern Print Performance Council, which is a small network of printing companies located in the Southeastern United States. He has spoken twice at the National Association of Quick Printers in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans.

Bill has served his local community as president of the Glennville Chamber of Commerce, Tattnall Chamber of Commerce, Glennville Rotary Club, and Glennville Merchants and Professionals Association. He is a graduate of Leadership Tattnall and currently serves as the Chairman of the Reidsville Airport Authority where he is a licensed pilot.

Bill and his wife, Kathy, are members of Glennville First Baptist Church where Bill serves as a deacon, a member of the praise and worship band, and a youth team leader. Bill is a member of the Gideons, whose goal is to distribute Bibles internationally. Recently, Bill has become involved in the Kairos Prison Ministry, which conducts weekends similar to the Emmaus Walk to the inmates at Smith State Prison.

While at Georgia Southern University, Bill became involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and served as president while a student. He is now a Board member of East Georgia FCA where he has served as treasurer and is currently serving as vice chairman.

Bill and Kathy live in Evans County where Kathy is a Registered Nurse at Evans Memorial Hospital They have four children: Brett, Courtney, Russ, and Ashley. Brett recently returned from working with the Peace Corps in Kenya and is now attending Johns Hopkins University and studying Biomedicine. He and his wife, Brittany, are expecting their first child. Courtney is married to attorney Owen Farist, and they live in Marietta, Georgia, where she is a Special Ed teacher. Russ is a junior at Georgia Southern University, studying accounting; Ashley is a freshman at the University of Georgia.