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Harlem business owner enters Columbia County commission race

Business owner, Alison Couch chose MLK Day and a Harlem landmark to announce she’d be challenging incumbent Dewey Galeas for the District 4 Columbia County Commissioner seat.

The owner of Couch Consulting, LLC and employer of 10 in Harlem, made the announcement at 7:45 this morning at the Harlem Branch Library, on 145 N. Louisville Street, across the street from her firm.

“As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, I would like to share some of his wisdom. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. I want to be your voice on the issues that matter in District 4,” the wife and mother of two said (see above family photo).

District 4 stretches from Harlem into parts of Grovetown and Appling, and includes more than 30,000 residents.

According to her press release, Couch was raised in the community of Pumpkin Center and has been a resident of District 4 for over thirty years. Along with husband Chad, they are raising their two children – 5th generation Harlemites – in District 4. Alison opened her business in the district nine years ago.

She is the President of the Harlem Merchants Association and Treasurer of 143 Ministries.

“Decisions made in the next four years, especially surrounding growth and traffic safety, will impact our side of the county for decades to come. I look forward to running a respectful campaign and will work hard to meet the needs of our great community,” she added. For more information on her campaign, email Alison Couch at [email protected] or visit

Galeas announced he’d seek re-election in September 2021 and is a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a retired U.S. Army medic.

He won the District 4 seat in 2018, defeating Lee Muns and Charles Johnson Jr.

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