Sea­soned se­na­tor to face long-time ed­u­ca­tor

In­cum­bent pit­ted against new­comer in Dist. 17 race

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Two-term in­cum­bent Sen. John Dou­glas (R-So­cial Cir­cle) is chal­lenged by Demo­crat Rudy Cox, a man with 32 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, for the District 17 Ge­or­gia Se­nate seat.

Ex­tolling his years of ex­pe­ri­ence rep­re­sent­ing New­ton County (four years in the Se­nate plus two years in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives) Dou­glas said by re­elect­ing him, vot­ers will get a com­mit­tee chair­man (he chairs the Vet­eran, Mil­i­tary Af­fairs and Home­land Se­cu­rity Com­mit­tee) and some­one who al­ready has a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with the other mem­bers of New­ton County leg­isla­tive del­e­ga­tion.

“ I’m fa­mil­iar with the work­ings of gov­ern­ment. Over the last four years in the Se­nate, I have worked hard to es­tab­lish a good rap­port with the vot­ers in the district,” Dou­glas said. “It seems to be work­ing so far be­cause they keep re­elect­ing me, which I greatly ap­pre­ci­ate.”

Cox said his years in ed­u­ca­tion (he has taught secondary ed­u­ca­tion and is cur­rently a col­lege pro­fes­sor) have taught him how to work with peo­ple who may not see eye-to-eye with him on var­i­ous is­sues.

“I work in an at­mos­phere where you al­ways have to make de­ci­sions on the fly on a daily ba­sis,” he said. “I’m ac­cus­tomed to work­ing with peo­ple where… we agree to dis­agree. I am a peo­ple’s per­son.”

If elected, Cox said he would fo­cus on im­prov­ing trans­porta­tion, law en­force­ment, the econ­omy and health care. Pressed for specifics about how he would make im­prove­ments in th­ese

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