Nov. 6 candidates who have earned your vote

The Catoosa County News - - EDITORIALS & OPINION -

Cit­i­zens have been on a po­lit­i­cal roller coaster for the last two years as a pa­rade of candidates have at­tempted to sway them in choos­ing the next lead­ers of the Great State of Ge­or­gia. As vot­ers in Ca­toosa and Walker coun­ties head to the polls be­tween now and Elec­tion Day, Nov. 6, they have — de­pend­ing on vot­ing ju­ris­dic­tion — a lot to con­sider on their bal­lots.

Here are some key races we call to your at­ten­tion:

GOVER­NOR: In the wild ride that has been the gover­nor’s race, the herd has at last been culled to three. We be­lieve the choice is ob­vi­ous. Ob­vi­ous be­cause Gov. Nathan Deal, who leaves Ge­or­gia in top form eco­nom­i­cally and cul­tur­ally, must be suc­ceeded by one who will con­tinue this record. Con­ser­va­tive ideals are work­ing for Ge­or­gia. To make a hard left and risk higher taxes to pay for un­nec­es­sary so­cial pro­grams, would be a mis­take.

With ex­pe­ri­ence in the pri­vate sec­tor, Leg­is­la­ture and the ex­ec­u­tive branch, and his record of con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship, Brian Kemp is best equipped to con­tinue the suc­cesses this state has seen un­der Gov. Deal. Kemp will cham­pion small busi­ness, de­fend the Sec­ond Amend­ment and serve as a line­backer against those forces that would reach deep into your pock­et­book and take more of your in­come to feed the in­sa­tiable govern­ment ap­petite.

LIEU­TENANT GOVER­NOR: Kemp can’t do it alone. He needs an ally in the lieu­tenant gover­nor’s of­fice, and Ge­or­gians would be well-served by putting Repub­li­can Ge­off Dun­can, a for­mer state law­maker and small busi­ness­man, in that po­si­tion.

With power over com­mit­tee as­sign­ments, the lieu­tenant gover­nor has enor­mous in­flu­ence over which bills see the light of day. Dun­can is a team player, hav­ing learned the im­por­tance of team­work as a pro­fes­sional base­ball player. His cam­paign theme of pol­icy over pol­i­tics is one that all elected of­fi­cials would do well to prac­tice. His tem­per­a­ment is one that will take ad­van­tage of the tal­ents each se­na­tor — Repub­li­can or Demo­crat — brings to the table. A much more ef­fi­cient strat­egy to solve Ge­or­gia’s prob­lems, not cre­ate new ones. He’s also cor­rect in be­liev­ing that many of the prob­lems we face are best solved at the lo­cal level rather than adding an­other layer of big govern­ment.

As Dun­can ac­cu­rately ob­serves, it was un­der con­ser­va­tive lead­er­ship that Ge­or­gia fully funded K-12 ed­u­ca­tion, has a 3.8 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate and cut ev­ery­one’s per­sonal in­come taxes.

Kemp and Dun­can will pro­pel Ge­or­gia on to greater suc­cesses, some­thing un­likely to oc­cur un­der more lib­eral spend­ing habits de­scribed in Eric Voegelin’s cel­e­brated phrase, “im­ma­nen­tize the es­cha­ton,” or at­tempts to bring utopia to Earth.

AT­TOR­NEY GEN­ERAL: On Nov. 6, Ge­or­gians will also de­cide who to elect as Ge­or­gia’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, a po­si­tion that acts as le­gal ad­vi­sor to the ex­ec­u­tive branch, among many other re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Gov. Deal ap­pointed Repub­li­can Chris Carr to the po­si­tion in 2016 to fill the un­ex­pired term of Sam Olens, who had stepped down to pur­sue other en­deav­ors. Carr cut his teeth as Sen. Johnny Isak­son’s chief of staff for six years, and con­tin­ues to prac­tice the valu­able lessons learned from Ge­or­gia’s se­nior se­na­tor — a calm, rea­son­able, ef­fec­tive ap­proach to the is­sues of the day. He fol­lowed that job as com­mis­sioner of the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment from where he helped fa­cil­i­tate 1,069 projects across the state that rep­re­sent ap­prox­i­mately $14.4 bil­lion in in­vest­ment and the cre­ation of more than 84,000 jobs.

With a record of help­ing Ge­or­gia be the num­ber one state for busi­ness and his strong de­fense of trans­parency in sup­port­ing the state’s sun­shine laws, Carr de­serves to be elected to a full four-year term as at­tor­ney gen­eral.

“Elec­tions be­long to the peo­ple. It’s their de­ci­sion,” said Abra­ham Lin­coln. “If they de­cide to turn their back on the fire and burn their be­hinds, then they will just have to sit on their blis­ters.”

Elect­ing Brian Kemp gover­nor and Ge­off Dun­can lieu­tenant gover­nor, and re­turn­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Chris Carr to of­fice, will cause fewer blis­ters, en­sure com­fort­able seat­ing and keep our coun­ties, our state and our na­tion on an up­ward tra­jec­tory.

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