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House District 76 foes talk platforms, priorities
by Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com
July 18, 2012 02:56 PM | 1727 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Jeffrey Benoit
Three dynamic, vision-centered candidates are vying to be the next District 76 state representative with each pledging to move their constituents, and the county, forward toward a brighter future.

In alphabetical order, the candidates are Jeffrey Benoit, a licensed, ordained minister who retired after 30 years of military service, incumbent, incumbent Sandra Scott, who has served in the House for two years and is herself, formally in the military and Kim Cox-Owens, a mother of two and owner of Cox & Company Real Estate, LLC.

Each candidate was asked why they are the best person for the job and what issues would they focus on if elected.

Benoit, who is running on the platform that he is a “statesman and not a politician,” said it is his passion for the District 76 community that makes him the best candidate.

“Very few careers can prepare you for public service,” he said. “However, I have spent my life in service to our country and, now that I am retired, I will bring that same passion and service to my community.”

Benoit added he has vast experience in reaching compromises, “when it seems all options have been exhausted.”

In addition, he said he has the ability to reach citizens and engage them in the affairs of their community, “so as to create an involved and stronger community.”

As to why she is the best candidate, Scott said her military service and her legislative experience, allows her to possess the leadership skills and qualities to be an effective leader in government.

“My military service and my experience in the legislature have allowed me to possess the leadership traits and qualities to be an effective leader in government,” she said, adding she has been a resident of Clayton County for 15 years and believes she has served her county well.

“I have sponsored town hall meetings monthly or as needed and have sent out newsletters while sponsoring two senior citizen breakfasts as well as health fairs for District 76.”

Owens, who calls herself the “next generation leader, who is prepared to take her post as District 76 representative.

“I am a business owner in our community, a mother with children in our public school system, a native of metro Atlanta and have a degree in political science with honors plus board certification training with the united Way Involvement Program,” she said, adding that her professional life involves the usage of resources in her community on a daily basis.

“I am a local real estate broker selling Clayton County to the citizens who will become our future,” Owens added.

As to the first issues they will address under the gold dome if elected, Benoit emphasized jobs for Clayton for Clayton and Henry residents while Scott said that, in addition to jobs, she will focus on education, transportation and foreclosure prevention.

As to her primary issues, Owens said her first priority is to change the perception of Clayton County while building and nurturing relationships across patrician lines with other legislators and local officials.

“I will create an environment for companies that are eligible to receive job credits and work opportunity tax credits to market job openings directly to job seekers in Clayton and Henry Counties,” Benoit said. “I will support legislation and policies which provide tax cuts and incentives to small business job creation and business expansion.”

In regard to jobs, Scott said she would work with elected officials at all levels to bring companies in that will recruit, train and hire District 76 citizens.

In regard to education, Scott said she would work to see her district receive the maximum amount of state education funding while also continuing to ensure the district receive the best transportation solutions possible.

According to Owens, Clayton County deserves the same respect as neighboring counties, “and I will demand this with high expectations and honesty.”
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