Troy Welker of Canton believes something is missing from government.
"We need business people in government," he said. "Someone who knows how to improve our economy, create jobs, balance budgets and make tough decisions."
It is for that reason that Welker, a local businessman, announced his run for the newly created 23rd District State House seat, which takes in a large portion of Canton as well as the city of Waleska.
"I’m tired of just complaining about the problems facing this state and country," he said today in a statement. "It’s time to take action. The career politicians have had their shot, and they just simply aren’t doing what’s best for us."
Welker and his business partner started IPT Sink Company in 2004 in the basement of his rental home with a $40,000 investment. Since then, the company has grown into three separate companies. Annual sales have exceeded $5 million.
"We run all these operations with fewer than nine employees," he said.
Already, Welker has amassed a campaign war chest of $100,000 as of the Dec. 31 campaign contribution-reporting deadline.
"I am truly honored by the tremendous outpouring of support I have received so far," said Welker, a alum who is a sworn police officer. "I look forward to working hard and earning the trust and support of the people of the 23rd District."
For more information on Welker, open the attached PDF under his photo.