Candidates' fo­rum well at­tended by hope­fuls, vot­ers

All but one can­di­date at­tends event pre­sented by The News, Cham­ber

The Covington News - - Front page -

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









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