David Pennington, the Republican mayor of Dalton, Ga. says he plans to run for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal in the 2014 election.
According to a Tuesday morning news release, Pennington has completed the required documents necessary to begin his campaign for the Republican nomination.
As mayor of Dalton, Pennington was a staunch opponent of taxes. He championed the reduction of the county’s sales tax, which temporarily dropped to 5 percent in 2012, while nearby counties tax rates were 7 percent.
Pennington gained some statewide recognition as he traveled through Georgia to campaign against the T-SPLOST, a July 2012 ballot initiative to fund transportation with additional sales tax revenue that failed in nine of 12 districts in the state.
Now, Pennington is going to take his anti-tax message statewide, when he campaigns to unseat Gov. Nathan Deal in the Republican primary for the 2014 governor’s race.
Dalton is expected to run on a platform of eliminating the state’s income tax, according to published reports.
“The state income tax is the most onerous tax for small business, because we have to pay it on our personal income tax returns,” Pennington told the Dalton Daily Citizen. “Small businesses produce 65 percent of the net new jobs in America and right now we aren’t producing enough new jobs in Georgia to even handle the population growth.”
The gubernatorial contest will likely be overshadowed by a fierce fight among Republicans seeking the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.