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State Senate candidates giving final pleas for votes
by Tom Spigolon
tspigolon@neighbornewspapers.com
October 31, 2012 03:11 PM | 1536 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The four Republican candidates for the open State Senate District 30 seat were emphasizing a variety of issues as they sought votes in the final week and a half of their campaigns in the Nov. 6 special election.

Former legislator Glenn Richardson of Hiram said he is working to meet voters and emphasize they should be aware there is an election between four Republicans for the seat representing parts of Douglas, Paulding and Carroll counties.

“Most people are so caught up in the presidential race that we aren’t on the radar screens just yet,” he said last week. “I just try to keep talking to people and make them aware that there’s an open seat and vying for it is Republicans.

“I think a lot of people will go to the polls thinking they’re going to vote straight Republican. They’re going to get to that [Senate District 30] part of the ballot and all they’re going to see is Republicans and they’ll say, ‘What?’

“Awareness is a very critical point at this stage.”

State Rep. Bill Hembree of Winston said he is emphasizing his “proven track record” in the House of Representatives.

“Through the years, I have supported common-sense efforts to cut government spending, reform government and protect your hard earned tax dollars,” he said in an e-mail. “I’ve supported pro-jobs, pro-small business legislation that has attracted new jobs and industries to Georgia. Most importantly, I was talking about ethics reform before it was cool. In fact, I was the first legislator to propose legislation to end the influence of lobbyists and lobbyist gifts.

“Now is not the time to take a chance with just anybody. We need to elect someone with a proven track record and no blemishes.”

Jim Naughton of Carrollton said he’s trying to emphasize his business experience and work ethic.

“I am not a career politician. Instead, I am a businessman with 30 years of practical experience as a hands-on job creator, problem solver and team player,” he said in an e-mail.

“I want to work for the people of the 30th district. I want to focus on the two most important issues — education and jobs. I want to help all Georgians have the opportunity to pursue the American dream. We need new elected officials with new ideas, and real world experience. We can’t afford to re-elect those who have been ineffective for many, many years.”

Mike Dugan of Carrollton said he is emphasizing his willingness to be ethical and a public servant who will limit the amount of time he is in office.

“I decided to enter this race because I, and many others, feel strongly that our currently elected officials have lost the focus on why they are in Atlanta. I was the first person to come out supporting term limits. Serving as our senator should not be a profession as much as it is a service we provide for a fixed amount of time and then willingly hand it over to others ready to step in and carry on from there.”

If none of the four candidates receive a majority Nov. 6, a runoff between the top two will be Dec. 4.

The winner will face independent candidate James Camp of Temple in a special general election Jan. 8.
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