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Political candidates hit the trail

September 25, 2005

Albany-- Democratic candidate Jim Martin is all laughs as he begins his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of Georgia. One of his first stops was right here in Albany. "It feels warm but it feels great. I'm glad to be here," says Martin.

He's here talking and visiting with folks to talk about his campaign. He says there should be a new focus in the state. "About the important things, not the issues that divide us," says Martin. Issues like economic development take top priority on Martin's list. "There's some industries in Albany that have recently closed and getting ready to close. We need to make sure we have some meaningful good paying jobs in our state," says Martin.

Good education also tops that list. He wants to bring more attention to the school system. "Having a good public education system statewide is critical. We need to work on that," says Martin. Another platform is adequate health insurance that people can afford. Martin says he'll work hard to change these things along with improving the quality of life in Georgia. "Born and raised in Georgia. Committed to Georgia issues," says Martin.

Martin feels his 35 years of public service experience will help him combat those issues in what he says has been a closed legislative process. "Opposition voices have been quieted and not allowed to speak on issues. I think even a good idea is made better if there's a meaningful discussion and I'd like to change that if elected as Lieutenant Governor," says Martin.

If elected Lieutenant Governor, Martin assures South Georgians that he'll be a constant face in the area. "This is an important region. I expect to be here," says Martin. But for now he's here on an early campaign trail he hopes will lead him back again to the good life city.

Martin served 18 years in Georgia's House of Representatives. If elected, he'll replace Lt. Governor Mark Taylor. His opponents include fellow Democrat Greg Hecht and Republican candidates Casey Cagle and Ralph Reed.

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