Seasoned senator to face long-time educator
Incumbent pitted against newcomer in Dist. 17 race
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