As of Tuesday, July 9, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Gov. Nathan Deal will have competition on the Republican ballot in his quest for a second term.
David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, filed paperwork this week to campaign for the GOP nomination next year.
"Georgia citizens' incomes are ranked down where they were in 1979. Georgia has trailed the nation in economic performance, with the national economy growing 71 percent faster than ours for much of the last decade," Pennington said on his campaign website www.DavidforGeorgia.com. "Our leadership is failing us ... We need ethical leadership that will focus on job creation, not scoring political points. We need a proven, job-creating businessman to take the reins."
The businessman pointed out that under his leadership in Dalton, property taxes have been reduced 28 percent; general fund spending has been reduced 19 percent, whil the general fund surplus has increased by more than 50 percent. To encourage entrepreneurship, he reduced business license fees by up to 50 percent and streamlined the permitting process.
"Today, I am taking the first steps in this race," Pennington said in a press release, "I look forward to growing my campaign, to making a formal announcement in the future, and to bringing real leadership to the Governor's office that will improve our economy, improve management of our budget, promote our values, and return Georgia to greatness."