With the November General Election behind us, many folks turned their eyes toward Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Thanksgiving. But then State Senator Chip Rogers threw the voters a curve ball and thrust pundits and voters into overtime campaign season. Georgia Senate District 21 and Georgia House District 21 both represent Cherokee County and have manifested some interesting candidates. I have contacted nearly all qualified candidates who are still in the running for the House seat and what I found was simply amazing and somewhat startling:
Kenneth Ashley Mimbs – I contacted Kenneth directly and here was his response when I asked his message/platform:
“I will be posting my agenda in the days ahead (yes I have one). Heck, even today as I posted on Facebook my support of the 2nd Amendment, that was more than you have gotten! I promise you, I am not your typical candidate. You will see as I campaign in the streets in the coming weeks! How about I campaign on more local control on education as opposed to state control? Perhaps, I dislike redundancy in state agencies? Maybe I wonder why technology/bio-science companies are in Cobb County and not in Cherokee! I am up to date, put your support behind me and you will have one-on-one knowledge of what is happening. I am very approachable and a man not only of the people but for the people!” Kenneth, are you asking me or telling me?
Scot Turner – Scot believes in restoring Faith in Government Initiatives. Lobbyist or Political Action Committees will never purchase Turner’s vote. He says, “you will never wonder whose interests I am representing.” He believes in true tax reform and says, “We need tax reform that puts everyone on equal footing so that everyone has an equal opportunity to compete in a free market system.” Turner believes in empowering our educators and parents with the tools critical in ensuring our children succeed. Turner believes life begins at conception, a strong supporter of the second amendment, and demands pressure be placed on the Federal Government to deal with our broken borders.
Democrat Natalie Bergeron – When contacted Natalie replied, “Our message will develop as we here from our constituents.”
Wait, are there really candidates who are running and don’t have a message or platform to take to the voters? The very reason one decides to run is because of their message; you take your individual message to the voters to vet. Sounds like Kenneth and Natalie are hoping to ride the “Special Election Train” into office. Natalie and Kenneth seem to think they have months to get a message together and reach voters. I’m sad to report that you have seven days from the 10th to early voting on the 17th, two weeks until the January 8th election, and Christmas and New Year in the mix. Although name recognition is going to play a large part in this election, this isn’t a high school popularity contest, Natalie and Kenneth. In Political Science we call these candidates, Pulpit Candidates, and they simply have no chance in winning any election.
Scot Turner is familiar with running a front-runner type campaign and did quite well against incumbent Sean Jerguson in November. The voters are familiar with Turner and he should have easy support going into January 8th’s Special Election. Based on my prima facie facts on each candidates motivations and platform I fully support Scot Turner. I have not met Scot personally but am convinced he is what we need in Georgia, Cherokee County, and Canton.