A little more than 4 years ago, 3 of us, my wife Judy, another Marine and myself began a quixotic quest to unseat the incumbent Chairman of the County. He was endorsed by every mayor in the County, the Attorney General of Georgia, the MDJ and by leading businessmen. The elements of victory were a game plan that we agreed would only be modified under extraordinary circumstances and ultimately our volunteers. This campaign’s challenge is the dealing with Cobb Republicans who are discouraged by the large Democratic turnout in the June primary. Many of them are already conceding the local races and trying to salvage seats in state and national races.

All I can say is been there and done that. Guess what the elements of our victory in November are going to be? A game plan that will only be modified under extraordinary circumstances and ultimately our volunteers. Our team understood the need for a long-term plan for a successful reelection campaign. We knew there were more Republican voters in Cobb than Democratic ones; we just had to get out in November. You don’t do that in 72 days which is the time left until November 3d.

As seen by their tactics this year, the goal of the Cobb Democratic Party is to divert attention from my policies which have benefited people in every district of the County and the County as a whole. In the real-world military campaigns of which I have been part, you have to lead your troops and keep them focused on the objective. You are obviously aware of all the challenges, you just can’t let them deter you. There are similarities in this political campaign. We have a determined team of volunteers who believe in my vision for and leadership of this County. My responsibility is to keep them motivated despite a seemingly daunting challenge and set the example by campaigning every day. In the end, they will have the stories to tell of how they made a difference in shaping their future and that of their neighbors.


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