Wednesday, March 10, 2010

6 Questions for Democratic Candidates for Governor & Lt. Governor

Yesterday I proposed these questions for Democratic Candidates for Gov & Lt. Gov.

The first to address these questions is Gubernatorial candidate Carl Camon (D-Ray City)

(1) As governor, would you support creating incentives to attract young, career minded residents to Georgia, such as forgiving student loans, eliminating or reducing income tax, or puchasing a home?

Yes. I have made it clear that we need to encourage a continuous effort to retain our young people here in Georgia and invite the best and brightest minds from across the country to help in our recovery efforts to rebuild our economy, our educational system, our transportation system and our water problems. I am the founder of the nationally known Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute of Ray City, which has for the past ten years worked with young people to encourage them to become world class leaders.

(2) Would you support creating a state fund for small city transportation for towns with less that 5,000 people for various transportation projects? Washington state have something just like this, in which it provides funding to its smaller cities. The funding is distributed through the Washington State Transportation Investment Board. Would that be something that ought to be considered here in Ga?

Traditionally, small towns in Georgia have been ignored. This Will Not Happen under my administration. Small towns are unique and have so much to offer and well give them the opportunity to just that.

(3) What would you do as governor to reduce high concentrated areas of Poverty in Rural Georgia?

As governor, I would invest in Rural Georgia. I have lived in Rural Georgia all of my life and I understand the needs of small towns and communities more than any of the other candidates. I pledge to spend equal amounts of time in Rural Georgia than I will spend in metropolitan areas. All of Georgia is important to me and Georgians deserve to have a governor who will show them how important they really are. I don't believe in a lot of cheap talk. Let's act and let's act now!

(4) Do you believe the notion that the consolidation of Rural Schools reflect a biased belief that Rural People, especially in poor communities, don't have the capacity to run good schools?

I attended a rural school and I turned out just fine. In my opinion, past school consolidation efforts have not been as effective as it was once thought that it would be. Most communities lost that community pride to some degree, when they lost their community schools. People in Rural Georgia are just as smart as people anywhere around our great state.

(5) Do you strongly support Rural Economic Development?

Yes. Our state is only as strong as its weakest rural community. If you neglect one part of your body, the entire body will sooner or later be affected. If you neglect rural Georgia, the entire state is effective negatively.

(6) As governor, what would your rural policy consist of for small-town Georgia? How would it benefit rural Georgia

My rural policy would be one of inclusiveness. As governor, no part of our state will be any more important than the other. We are all Georgians, and it is about time that we had a governor who recognizes that. I will be that governor.

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