Thursday, July 23, 2009

Camon visits Chamber of Commerce in Rome

Carl Camon, a Democrat running for governor in 2010, emphasized the need to improve Georgia’s education system when he met with about a dozen members of the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

“A lot of the problems we’re dealing with in our state today can be linked to a lack of education,” he said.

Camon, the mayor of Ray City in South Georgia, said he is running a grassroots campaign “to bring government back home to the people, where it belongs.”

He said his 10 years of military service, 14 years in education and 15 years in local government give him real-life experience that is lacking in some better-known candidates who have made careers in state politics.

“These are the people who supposedly have experience, and look at the shape we’re in,” he said. “They’ve had 20 years to do something. Another four years isn’t going to help.”

Camon’s stop in Rome was part of an 11-city tour in two days.

“I’m going to get to every county, and meet people face to face,” he said. “I know I’m not a traditional candidate, we’re stretching our dollars and being fiscally responsible. And that’s how we would run state government.”

Other Democrats who have registered gubernatorial campaigns include Lt. Gen. David Poythress, retired commander of the Georgia National Guard; state Rep. DuBose Porter of Dublin; former governor Roy Barnes; and Attorney General Thurbert Baker.

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