The Union Recorder


April 1, 2014

Patriots candidate forum Thursday

MILLEDGEVILLE — At 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Victory Baptist Church, the Milledgeville Area Patriots will host David Pennington, Georgia Republican candidate for governor, two U.S. Congressional candidates, Mike Collins and Stephen Simpson, and Carl Cansino, candidate for State Court Judge of Baldwin County.   

The Patriots are keeping pace with a busy time of year by providing a forum to as many candidates as possible when political campaigning begins kicking into high gear.

Patrons do not have to be a member of the Patriots organization to attend the forums.

The Milledgeville Area Patriots group will continue a series of monthly meetings where candidates will be given an opportunity to speak and meet the local constituency.  

The Patriots see this as a continued informative service to the voters in Baldwin and other neighboring counties.  

Pennington, the current mayor of Dalton, wants to provide ethically reformed leadership for Georgia, according to his website.  

If elected, Pennington will work to reduce business license fees up to 50 percent and streamline the permitting process to shorten the time for a business startup.

As Dalton mayor, he cut property taxes by 28 percent while at the same time improved services and the emergency fund surplus by 50 percent. He will work for elimination of the state income tax like Florida, Tennessee and Texas.

Pennington wants to decentralize education from the federal and state levels to the local communities as well.

Collins is a 10th Congressional District candidate born and raised in Jackson. He is a business owner and lifelong conservative. Collins' freight business currently employees 82 people.

The aspiring Congressional leader wants to defund, repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, as well as overhaul individual taxes by simplifying tax codes, lower or flattening individual rates and he opposes tax increases.

Collins wants to do away with “job-killing” regulations and slash corporate tax rates.

Simpson, the other Congressional candidate speaking Thursday, attended high school at Georgia Military College. He served in the United States Army for 27 years and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

The republican thinks Washington must create an environment that develops and encourages small businesses by reducing the bureaucracy and overhauling the country’s tax system.

The pro-life supporter wants better enforcement of current immigration law and secure borders.

Cansino is running against current State Court Judge of Baldwin County Alan Thrower.

Raised in Sebring, Fla., Cansino and his family relocated to Baldwin County in 1998 after taking a job with the Baldwin County District Attorney's Office.  

As an assistant district attorney he prosecuted felony cases in Baldwin County and within the Ocmulgee Circuit including murder, armed robberies, rapes and child molestations. While working for the DA's office, he focused on prosecuting white collar crime cases and successfully prosecuted Baldwin County's first-ever racketeering case.

In 2004, he formed his own law firm, The Cansino Law Firm, that is now known as Cansino, Petty, & Stribling, LLP. With his law partners, the firm has grown to be one of central Georgia's premier law firms.

Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed Cansino to serve on the Consumer Advisory Board to the Governor's Office of Consumer Protections in 2004, where he presently is one of the longest serving board members. Cansino is also municipal court prosecutor for the City of Milledgeville.

The Milledgeville Area Patriots meets the first Thursday of each month, 6:30 p.m., at Victory Baptist Church, 640 Meriwether Road, NW. For more information call Janice Westmoreland at 478-454-7927.


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