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Pennington to Challenge Gov. Deal in 2014

Jul 10, 2013 -- 2:17pm

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

An intriguing election cycle for Georgia politics gained further appeal in recent days with the declaration from Dalton Mayor David Pennington that he will challenge Governor Nathan Deal for the state’s highest office in 2014.

Making his intention official Tuesday, Pennington says the state needs ethical leadership that focuses on job creation.

Interestingly, among the questions facing Pennington in the race, few will be as prevalent as those relating to Dalton’s struggling economy in recent years which has had one of the highest unemployment rates among all major metro areas in Georgia. Pennington is quick to respond to the issue;

"Forget the unemployment rate, because that number doesn’t mean a whole lot up here. It’s the employment participation rate because we’re a jobs engine for all of Northwest Georgia, so you know we produce a tremendous amount of jobs out of Whitfield County.”

Dalton’s own city website calls Pennington an advocate for fiscal discipline in government.

Deal was elected by a wide margin over former Governor Roy Barnes in 2010. He won the GOP nomination following both the regular primary election and a runoff against Karen Handel.

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