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July 25, 2012

Renz stresses community involvement

David Renz says his goal if elected to the state House of Representatives is to help the Dalton and Whitfield County economy “get back on track.”

“I think we need someone down there (Atlanta) who can lobby for this area, and let them know about all of the resources we have,” Renz said. “I’m just going to keep my ear to the rail and try to bring back all the business I can get.”

Renz faces Bruce Broadrick and Dennis Mock in the July 31 Republican primary for state House of Representatives District 4. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Dalton, who currently represents District 4, announced his retirement earlier this year. The district includes the city of Dalton and a few surrounding areas. No Democrat qualified for that race.

Renz says he has a special interest in education.

“My wife has been an educator in public schools for 30 years. And I’ve had a long involvement in various local youth organizations. The Boys and Girls Club is something that’s very important to me,” he said. “Of course, education is one of the largest items in the state budget and the biggest amount of money in our local budget. I’m trying to educate myself right now on charter schools, vouchers, public schools. I was very excited by the announcement of the literacy campaign a couple of weeks ago.”

Renz serves as chief volunteer officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Gordon, Whitfield and Murray Counties, as a member of the Dalton-Whitfield Merger Commission, and as a peer support volunteer for northwest Georgia for the Shepherd Center, an Atlanta hospital specializing in the treatment of those with brain and spinal cord injuries. Renz has also held offices with numerous other organizations.

He was awarded the Hank Dixon Award for Employment for Workers with Disabilities and the 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award from the United Way of Northwest Georgia, the National Presidents Award in 2009 from the Boys and Girls Clubs and the Patron of the Year Award in 2011 from the Creative Arts Guild.

“I feel very connected to the community through all of my volunteer work,” he said.

Renz is a sales consultant in the fuel and lubricant industry, and he says he regularly travels around the region, giving him a great opportunity to meet people and learn about their concerns.

Renz attended Southern Polytechnic State University, Young Harris College and the Georgia Institute of Technology where he received a Textile Foundation Scholarship.

He currently resides in Rocky Face with his wife, Mary Julian.

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