Candidates' forum well attended by hopefuls, voters
All but one candidate attends event presented by The News, Chamber
State Sen. John Douglas (R-Social Circle) defended the Georgia General Assembly’s performance over the last two years and blamed the recent state’s legislative woes on bad relations between the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“ The senior leadership in the House and Senate probably need to work on getting along a little better,” Douglas said. “I think that in the next session we need to concentrate on the economy.”
Douglas’ remarks came during Thursday evening’s Candidates’ Forum, held at Turner Lake Complex and sponsored by The Covington News, The Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce and the Newton County Farm Bureau.
Douglas’s opponent, Democrat Rudy Cox, a college professor who is challenging him for the State Senate District 17 seat, said his background in education would serve him well in the Senate. As an educator, Cox said he has learned to put disagreements with coworkers aside in order to collaborate on bigger picture issues.
“I have had to agree to disagree. However, something can always be worked out for the good of the com- munity,” Cox said.
Asked what the three largest issues facing the state are, Cox responded, “The economy, the economy and the economy. If we can get the economy turned around, then everything else will turn around.”
Douglas named transportation, education and the economy as the state’s most pressing issues. He said he would support legislation allowing communities to levy their own Local Option Sales Tax to raise funding for local road projects. Douglas, who previously served on the Board