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Boatright, Goggans vie for open senate district 7 seat

October 17, 2004

Alma/Douglas-Roger Boatright is no stranger to voters in his hometown of Alma. The retired state trooper spent 14 years serving them as mayor.

"It think that's the one big issue that separates my opponent from me is experience. I have over 30 years of public service serving four years prior to being mayor on the city council and 15 years as a state trooper," says Boatright.

If elected, Boatright is confident his 12 year tenure on the state Department of Community Affairs Board will enable him to bring more money and jobs to District 7.

"We have been passed over, The economic engine is Atlanta. I understand that, but we've got to get better jobs and more jobs for South Georgia where our people when they go off to school, or trade school, or college they can come back here and work and make a living and enjoy the quality of life we have in South Georgia," Boatright says.

Twenty-five miles away in Douglas, his opponent Greg Goggans is also trying to garner voter support. He says what he lacks in political experience he'll make up for in working for the constituents of District 7.

"Being the first time running for a political office I do not think is a negative. I am not a politician. I am not a professional politician, but I do bring a lot of everyday business common sense to the table," says Goggans.

The orthodontist says he'll work to bring more jobs and better education to schools in rural Georgia.

"In Atlanta the students get somewhere around $12,000 a year. In South Georgia it's somewhere about $6,000 a year. So, there is a difference in the funding. Our children deserve the best down here, says Goggans.

Both Goggans and Boatright say they are committed to restoring traditional family values, but it will be up to voters to decide which of the two will do a better job.

District 7 voters will have a chance to meet both Boatright and Goggans Tuesday night at a candidate forum. It will begin at 7 PM at the Martin Civic Theater in Douglas.

Posted at 5:30 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com

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