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District 26 candidates discuss plans for Forsyth County

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FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three people have qualified to fill the unexpired term of House District 26 state Rep. Geoff Duncan, who resigned in August to run for lieutenant governor.

Only voters who live within the district are eligible to vote in this election. Early voting runs through Nov. 3, with Election Day Nov. 7. Visit http://bit.ly/2yobQ0r for full details on times and locations to vote.

We asked the three hopefuls to provide some details of their interests in running for public office.

Marc Morris

Morris

Republican

Occupation: Businessman

Website: http://marcmorris.com/

Why did you want to run for the District 26 seat?

One of the slogans of the U.S. Navy is a “force for good.” Since my days in the U.S. Navy, these words have inspired me. It is why I have spent over a decade serving and giving back to our community here in Forsyth County. I am running for State House to continue this work — to be a conservative force for good in our county and state. I’ll be honest — I have grown tired of Republican politicians who won’t do what they promise. If Georgia and Forsyth County are going to move forward, we need rock solid conservative leadership that is completely committed to being a real force for good. We need leaders who will say it – and do it. That is what drives me.

Why should people vote for you?

I am the only candidate with a proven track record of serving Forsyth County, of running a business, and of advancing ideas and projects to move our community forward. I am also the only proven conservative. One opponent in the race is trying to pull a fast one on the voters —pretending to be a conservative when she used to be a radical liberal that advanced pro-choice causes. The other is a declared Democrat. Both do not represent our values here in Forsyth County. Now more than ever, we need a leader we know and a conservative we trust to stand up for us at the state Capitol.

If you want a representative who will deliver on what he promises and who will be a conservative force for good, then I ask for your vote. More importantly, I ask for your prayers.

What are your goals if elected?

  • Term limits for Congress and the state Legislature
  • Control growth, fight school overcrowding, advance projects to tackle the traffic gridlock, grow our economy and protect our water resources
  • Shrink the size of government, cut taxes, limit spending
  • End Obamacare’s stranglehold on Georgians
  • Protect our faith and families
  • Stop the special interest political games

Steve Smith

Smith

Democrat

Occupation: Retail manager

Website: SteveSmithForGeorgia.com

Why did you want to run for the District 26 seat?

I am running for the District 26 seat to be a voice for the working families of Forsyth. It’s not often that regular folks with regular jobs get to work in the Capitol and represent the interests of working people, but I am hoping to change that.

Why should people vote for you?

People should vote for me because I understand the economic pressures that working families face, like unexpected medical bills, the rising cost of college and saving for retirement. I will work to lower taxes for working families and small businesses and raise wages for middle class workers. The buying power of the middle class is the real job creator, and I believe a strong economy is built from the bottom up and not the top down.

What are your goals if elected?

In addition to working for a better economy for working families, I would like to shore up the HOPE scholarship, so that our kids can have the same affordable college experience that my generation had, and I will work to make sure that Forsyth’s growth continues in a smart, responsible manner and does not diminish the excellent quality of life we enjoy in Forsyth County.

Tina Trent

Trent

Republican

Occupation: Political writer

Website: tinatrentforstatehouse.com

Why did you want to run for the District 26 seat?

As a social conservative, I reflect the district’s values. Voters should be able to vote for someone who stands strong for those values. I want to make sure all people in Forsyth have a voice when it comes to decisions about the ways Forsyth grows. Too often, we let unelected organizations set the agenda for the rest of us. I don’t want to see Forsyth County grow in ways that people will come to regret. There are no do-overs in development.

Why should people vote for you?

I know the limitations of government, and as a political researcher, I know how to root out the influence games. I come to the voters as someone who has dedicated her life to making communities better through social work and policy work. But after spending years working in social services in some of the worst communities in Atlanta, I know that government can’t solve social problems. Only strong communities can do that.

What are your goals if elected?

Return control of educational choices to the residents of Forsyth, from the content of public school curriculum to expanding school choice. I will stand firm for the wishes of the district regarding development and transportation. We need more job opportunities in Forsyth. I will fight for lower state income taxes and ending government waste. I will resist the special interests – individuals and organizations – that put their pocketbooks and agendas ahead of the residents of the district.


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