Monday, September 13, 2010

Gary Black Fails to Lead on Major Agricultural Issue

Presser from JB Powell Campaign:

Gary Black seeks the support of voters in November to lead Georgia agriculture by failing to lead on horse racing saying “It's not an agricultural issue.”

Legalizing horse racing in Georgia can create 10,000 to 20,000 jobs in Georgia most of which are in agriculture with four jobs being created for every horse that races. Farmers who breed horses or grow hay, veterinarians who care for horses and stable hands are all agricultural jobs created by horse racing.

If Mr. Black wants to dodge the agricultural issue of horse racing and fail to provide the leadership Georgia needs in growing our agricultural economy by up to $1B and creating 10,000 to 20,000 jobs, than he is unfit to lead” said JB Powell, Democratic Candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture. “I want to put the issue of horse racing on the ballot because I trust the people of Georgia to decide what is best. I believe the people of Georgia would rather have someone like me who trusts Georgians rather than a lobbyist who plays politics and dodges the issue.”

JB Powell is a lifelong resident of Richmond County residing in the small agricultural community of Blythe, Georgia. He was elected to the State Senate, District 23 in 2004 and has been the primary sponsor of over 45 bills and co-sponsor of many others. These have included bills promoting Georgia’s agri-tourism business, soil erosion projects and river basin protection. He is an active member of the Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Committee. He serves as an ex-officio member of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is a member of the Interstate Cooperation and State Institutions and Property Committees. He is also secretary of the State’s Science and Technology Committee.

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