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15 February 2010

The Unfiltered Five With Carl Camon

Last week, I posed five questions to Georgia's gubernatorial candidates about their respective campaigns, and why they want to lead our great state. Their answers will be part of a new feature called "The Unfiltered Five."

Carl Camon, the Mayor of Ray City, is one of five individuals vying for the state Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination July 20th. For more information on Camon's candidacy, visit

Why are you running?

I could have chosen to complain about our state's current situation. I could have blamed others for the problems that we are facing in Georgia. I could have supported someone else's campaign. All of those statements were choices that I could have made, but I did not choose any of them. I decided to run for governor because the voices of Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Libertarians and those who do not have a declared party, have been ignored for far too long. I want to ensure that the united voices of all Georgians are heard at the highest level of state government. I could have chosen to complain without offering solutions, or I could have chosen to be apart of the solution. I have chosen the latter. The people of Georgia deserve better, much, much better. It is difficult for a governor to lead effectively, if he or she doesn't know the real needs of the ones being governed. Under a Carl Camon Administration, the people of Georgia will finally have a Governor who listens; one who will not be afraid to be an advocate for Georgia; and one who does not claim to know everything, but can be a great facilitator of those Georgians who collectively do.

What are the 3 major issues you're hearing from Georgians on the campaign trail?

The economy, education, and transportation are the three major issues that I am hearing from Georgians all across our state.

What is your plan to put Georgians back to work?

My plan is to market Georgia. We have so many aspects of economic diversity that may be used to help raise us up out of this economic downturn. We have agricultural strengths that need to be marketed. We have tourism strengths that need to be marketed. We have Institutions of Higher Learning that are second to none, that need to be marketed. We have the world's busiest airport that needs to be marketed, as to bring more cargo related contracts to the state via the airport. We are a diamond in the rough for the film industry that needs to be marketed. I would work with the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Georgia's local Chambers of Commerce to devise a statewide marketing plan to "Market Georgia".

What is your plan to get more Georgians out of their cars, and on to mass transit?

I was the first candidate to seriously mention highspeed rail for all of Georgia. There has been some mention of light rail in the Metro Atlanta area, but I am proposing high speed rail (in phases) in our most distressed and gridlocked areas first and then to the rest of Georgia. This measure is an investment worth making. It reduces carbon emissions and congestion. It reduces the amount of accidents on our roads and interstate systems. It provides an avenue to spread the money/wealth around our state, and it allows Georgians to be flexible in where they choose to live, work, and play.

What is your bold and visionary idea to maintain Georgia's status as the capital of the new south?

My vision starts with a bold new approach to governance. Our state should lead the way in accountability, fiscal responsibility, and transparency. Once that is accomplished, we can focus on ensuring that the entire state follows in the same footsteps. Once we unite as one state, we can be a force for change in the south. We have to think globally, if we are going to maintain that status as capitol of the new south. We have to be willing to invest in ourselves and in what we believe. A state that is afraid to invest is a state that will ultimately be left behind. We can continue to sit back and hope for things to get better or we can help make things better. We can continue to cut our budget each year or we can work together to find ways to strengthen and increase our revenues, so that we won't have to continue to cut the budget. Every department in our state is suffering, especially education. If we continue to cut education, we are going to cut the lifeline to the future for our youth and for generations to come. We cannot expect our state to succeed, if we cut those precious funds that teach our children how to be successful. We can't empower our youth, if we don't take education seriously. It all starts with education. A wiser population results in better decisions, which results in better outcomes in every aspect of our society.