TIFTON -- Dave Eversman believes he understands the financial frustration many residents of Georgia's Second Congressional District feel. He believes current representative Sanford Bishop is out of touch with his constituents and not progressive enough in providing economic freedom. And he believes he will be the newest U.S. Congressman from South Georgia.
Eversman, formerly the CEO of the Southwest Georgia Chamber of Commerce, is the Republican nominee for Bishop's seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and will face the long-time Congressman on November 2. During a stop in Tifton this week, Eversman said he is a different kind of candidate, one that relates to voters that he believes identify more with him.
"Sanford Bishop is a nice guy," Eversman said. "But he's never been called proactive. He signs onto bills and supports a lot of grant applications. But anybody can do that. We need someone who will sell southwest Georgia, someone with a background in economic development and small business."
The backbone of Eversman plan is his "Tier One" proposal, which is designed to partner the state's top businesses with its 71 poorest counties. The gist of the plan is that when a top company needs to build a new facility, they will be partnered with a "Tier One" county and will first look there to relocate.
"Corporate Georgia does not care about Tier One counties because they do not know about Tier One counties," he said. "We have a lot to offer Corporate Georgia. We are out of their sight and unfortunately out of their mind when they make decisions on selecting sites to expand their billion-dollar businesses."
Eversman added that the state could create tax incentives that would make it more profitable to companies to do business in those counties rather than in metro Atlanta.
Eversman believes his party affiliation also better reflects the values of Southwest Georgians and points out that Dylan Glenn recorded 47 percent of the vote when he ran against Bishop. The GOP has gained strength in the state since and he believes that will further his cause.
"I think we need to examine (Bishop's) voting record," Eversman said. "He voted not to impeach President Clinton, he voted for abortion legislation, he voted to bring in the U.N. to monitor elections. These votes and others like it are not in concert with how people in this district feel."
Eversman stepped down from his post with the Chamber of Commerce to run for office.
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