Burt Jones Has a New Rival After Ousting Grant

9:10 AM, Aug 9, 2012   |    comments
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Political newcomer Burt Jones made headlines last week when he defeated incumbent Johnny Grant in the Republican primary for the state Senate District 25 seat.

But now, Jones says, there's not any time for a break as he faces another opponent in the November general election.

"We're not going to let the grass grow under our feet, because we have a Democratic opponent. So, you know, we'll have to start back our campaign."

That opponent is Democrat Darrell Black, a Milledgeville businessman. Like Jones, Black thinks economic recovery is the primary issue in the campaign.

"It's so primary that I can't imagine what's secondary," Black said. "Milledgeville has one of the highest unemployments of any city this size in the State of Georgia. We've been hit hard, public sector, private sector. We've been hit on both sides."

Black also said it'll take tremendous effort to achieve economic recovery.

"We have to get everybody working together, across party lines, across racial lines, across economic lines," Black said. "It's going to take a total group effort."

If elected, Jones would be a member of the Senate's majority party. He said that would help him push his economic proposals.

"You have to look at different match incentives, tax breaks, things of that nature, obviously, because everyone's going to be fighting for the same industries," Jones said.

District 25 includes nine Central Georgia counties, including Jasper, Butts, Baldwin, Jones and Bibb. The two men plan to ratchet up their campagins in September, about two months before the general election.

The winner takes office January 1.

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