Letter: Former Dalton Mayor Pennington announces his candidacy

Today, I announce my candidacy for mayor of Dalton. It was my privilege to serve you as mayor from 2008 to 2014 and I am proud of what we accomplished together. But there is more to do.

Small cities across America are struggling as younger, educated people move to large metro areas. But make no mistake -- there will be winners and we can be one of those winners if we commit to four bold goals.

1. Reduce the city government property tax to make Dalton the most attractive city in north Georgia for individuals and businesses.

2. Rejuvenate important retail corridors such as West Walnut Avenue/Market Street and Glenwood Avenue/Cleveland Highway to improve our community's visual appeal while also attracting regional shoppers.

3. Champion breakthrough educational initiatives.

4. Execute a comprehensive plan to address critical stormwater problems.

Our community assets provide the foundation for the quantum leap needed to make Dalton stand out as the place to work and live. Good people are working to address our challenges. However, transformative change requires a breakthrough strategy with an unerring focus on bold goals.

We are uniquely positioned to succeed. Our strong industrial base, nationally recognized medical center, world-class municipal utility and two colleges are complemented by a vibrant arts community, lively downtown scene and bountiful recreational offerings.

We can make Dalton the most desirable community in northwest Georgia for young singles, families and retirees alike.

My promise is to diligently work with you to achieve these goals.

David Pennington


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