Citizens have been on a political roller coaster for the last two years as a parade of candidates have attempted to sway them in choosing the next leaders of the Great State of Georgia. As Cobb County voters head to the polls between now and Election Day, Nov. 6, they have — depending on voting jurisdiction — upwards of 30 candidates, a handful of amendments, a couple of referenda and a special election on Sunday brunch alcohol sales.
Here are some key races we call to your attention:
GOVERNOR: In the wild ride that has been the governor’s race, the herd has at last been culled to three. We believe the choice is obvious. Obvious because Gov. Nathan Deal, who leaves Georgia in top form economically and culturally, must be succeeded by one who will continue this record.
Conservative ideals are working for Georgia. To make a hard left and risk higher taxes to pay for unnecessary social programs would be a mistake.
With experience in the private sector, Legislature and the executive branch, and his record of conservative leadership, Brian Kemp is best equipped to continue the successes this state has seen under Gov. Deal. Kemp will champion small business, defend the Second Amendment and serve as a linebacker against those forces that would reach deep into your pocketbook and take more of your income to feed the insatiable government appetite.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Kemp can’t do it alone. He needs an ally in the lieutenant governor’s office, and Georgians would be well-served by putting Republican Geoff Duncan, a former state lawmaker and small businessman, in that position.
With power over committee assignments, the lieutenant governor has enormous influence over which bills see the light of day. Duncan is a team player, having learned the importance of teamwork as a professional baseball player. His campaign theme of policy over politics is one that all elected officials would do well to practice. His temperament is one that will take advantage of the talents each senator — Republican or Democrat — brings to the table. It’s a much more efficient strategy to solve Georgia’s problems, not create new ones. He’s also correct in believing that many of the problems we face are best solved at the local level rather than adding another layer of big government.
As Duncan accurately observes, it was under conservative leadership that Georgia fully funded K-12 education, has a 3.8 percent unemployment rate and cut everyone’s personal income taxes.
Perhaps his biggest advocate in Cobb County is state Rep. Bert Reeves, R-Marietta, who says Duncan, more than anyone he knows, “is a guy that does the right thing when no one else is watching. He has immense integrity, and this is how he will lead.”
Kemp and Duncan will propel Georgia on to greater successes, something unlikely to occur under a liberal effort to, in Eric Voegelin’s celebrated phrase, “immanentize the eschaton,” or bring utopia to Earth.
ATTORNEY GENERAL: On Nov. 6, Georgians will also decide who to elect as Georgia’s attorney general, a position that acts as legal adviser to the executive branch, among many other responsibilities. Gov. Deal appointed Republican Chris Carr to the position in 2016 to fill the unexpired term of Sam Olens, who had stepped down to pursue other endeavors. Carr cut his teeth as Sen. Johnny Isakson’s chief of staff for six years, and continues to practice the valuable lessons learned from Georgia’s senior senator — a calm, reasonable, effective approach to the issues of the day. He followed that job as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development from where he helped facilitate 1,069 projects across the state that represent approximately $14.4 billion in investment and the creation of more than 84,000 jobs.
With a record of helping Georgia be the number one state for business and his strong defense of transparency in supporting the state’s sunshine laws, Carr deserves to be elected to a full four-year term as attorney general.
CONGRESS: The three members of Congress who represent portions of Cobb County are also on the ballot. Elected last year, Karen Handel, R-Roswell, represents Georgia’s Sixth District. With her role on the Workforce Committee, Handel is a friend to the business community, working to help industries that can’t find the right talent find it, from health care and technology to construction and trade.
First elected in 2014, Barry Loudermilk, R-Cassville, represents Georgia’s 11th Congressional District. A member of the House Financial Services Committee, Loudermilk has been able to make a meaningful impact in reducing burdensome regulations. Loudermilk also listened to the business community when it came to the tax reform bill. The original bill would have had a negative impact on such small businesses as pass-through entities. He listened and the tax reform bill that emerged was much more effective than the original.
Representing Georgia’s 13th Congressional District, David Scott, D-Atlanta, was first elected in 2002. Scott has made it a priority to look after our veterans, working closely with Sen. Isakson on veterans issues. He was instrumental in helping bring the Military Family Support Center to Cobb and has sought to protect Dobbins Air Reserve Base and Marietta’s Lockheed plant, which are vital to the economic prosperity of our community.
Handel, Loudermilk and Scott have exhibited thoughtful leadership, representing their constituents and districts well. They’ve earned another term in Congress.
COMMISSION DISTRICT 3: Closer to home, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, who is seeking a third term to represent northeast Cobb on the Cobb Board of Commissioners, is a conservative who voted against Chairman Mike Boyce’s tax hike this year. Aside from a few self-important gadflies, she is popular in her district and accessible through her many town halls. She brings a thoughtful maturity to the position with a temperament that eschews fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants decision-making.
Birrell is the obvious choice in the District 3 Commission race.
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision,” said Abraham Lincoln. “If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Electing Brian Kemp governor and Geoff Duncan lieutenant governor, and returning Attorney General Chris Carr, Commissioner JoAnn Birrell and Congress members Karen Handel, David Scott and Barry Loudermilk to office, will cause fewer blisters, ensure comfortable seating and keep our county, our state and our nation on an upward trajectory.