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Posted: October 3, 2010 12:00 a.m.

Don't forget: Candidate forum at 6:30 tonight

The News, Chamber to hold forum

Candidates in state and country races will discuss the issues at 6 tonight in a forum at the Covington Branch Library on Floyd Street.

Tuesday’s candidate forum, hosted by The News and Covington/Newton County Chamber of Commerce, will seek to shed light on the District 110 state representative race, which has run under the radar this year in Newton County.

Although the District 95 state representative race often gets more publicity, District 110 actually covers a larger portion of Newton County, including its southwestern chunk. District 110 also covers portions of Henry and Butts counties.

Democrat Rudy Cox, a McDonough educator, and Republican Andy Welch, a lawyer from McDonough, and will face in the Nov. 2 General Election.

Rudy Cox

Cox did not answer numerous phone calls, has no official website this race and has not attended previous forums according to various news stories. As of Friday, he had not responded to his invitation to Wednesday’s forum.

Vote-ga.org has some basic information about Cox from his 2008 bid for State Senate 17. According to the site, Cox had been an educator in Georgia for 31 years in the public school system and in higher education. He is attributed as saying he had spent the previous 10 years in the Coweta County School System and worked for several other systems and colleges.

He also said he had a doctorate of education in administration and policy studies from Clark Atlanta University, a master’s of education in student personnel services from Tuskegee University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tuskegee.

He listed an e-mail, rudycox@hotmail.com, phone number, (678) 977-6930 and mailing address of P.O. Box 442, McDonough.

Andy Welch

Welch is a local government attorney and partner in the Smith, Welch and Brittain law firm. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and a law degree from Vermont Law School.

He said Saturday he’s running for office because he’s concerned about the expansion of government and the exorbitant amount of debt being racked up. He wants to be an advocate for states’ rights and help Georgia reassert itself in making policy and taxation decisions.

As a law partner, Welch said he is a small business owner and wants to create a more business-friendly environment by reducing regulation and implementing a fair tax, which would eliminate income tax and replace that state revenue with increased sales tax.

"If we can make Georgia a better place to do business, then I’ll feel like I’ve accomplished something in representing the 110th district," Welch said.

Welch said he also will make road and intersection improvements a focus for his district to benefit residents and business owners. He helped develop a comprehensive transportation plan for Henry County as chairman of his local chamber’s transportation committee.

That experience, coupled with a term as chamber chairman and experience studying local and state laws give Welch a solid knowledge base to be a representative, he said. For more information about Welch visit his website at andywelchforhouse.com or call him on his cell at (678) 859-6632.

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