Opinion

June 16, 2014

Candidates welcome

On Saturday, Jason Carter, the Democratic nominee for governor, fired up a few hundred Democratic Party members at the trade center.

The visit was Carter’s first to Whitfield County, but we hope that it won’t be his last.

His Republican opponent in November’s general election, incumbent Gov. Nathan Deal, has made no campaign visits this year, but he has visited Whitfield and Murray counties multiple times on official business this year, and in March, he took questions from third-graders at Dalton’s City Park Elementary School by video conference. We also hope to see him again before November.

Meanwhile, Michelle Nunn, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, is slated to visit Dalton Wednesday. According to officials with the Whitfield Democratic Party, she will be at the Mack Gaston Community Center from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to meet and greet voters. This will be at least Nunn’s second visit to this area.

She will face the winner of the July 22 Republican runoff between businessman David Perdue and U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston in the November general election. Perdue has visited Dalton at least twice during this campaign, and Kingston has visited Whitfield and Murray counties multiple times

Again, we hope to see Nunn and either Kingston or Perdue again before November.

In the past, we’ve bemoaned the fact that politicians tend to ignore this area during elections. We understand the reasons why. The GOP tends to take 70 percent or more of the vote in Whitfield County, so Republicans take the area for granted, and Democrats tend to ignore it. And we’ve heard from more than one candidate that local business leaders tend not to be as generous with their campaign contributions as their counterparts in other parts of the state.

We understand those reasons, but we don’t accept them.

The floorcovering industry is an economic engine that employs thousands of people and indirectly supports many thousands of jobs. It sends millions of tax dollars to Washington and Atlanta each year. And if local business leaders aren’t as interested in jockeying for political favors as those in other industries, they are more than willing to give time and money to projects that benefit this community and this state. We believe Dalton’s leaders can match those in any other area of the country in true civic mindedness.

We are glad to see that, so far this year, those seeking elected office are paying attention to the Greater Dalton area. We appreciate and thank every candidate who has visited this area. We encourage all of them to return before November, and we invite those who haven’t come to this area yet to visit and talk to voters.

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