Dalton Mayor David Pennington to run for Georgia governor

Dalton Mayor David Pennington to run for Georgia governor

July 9th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

David Pennington, the mayor of Dalton, Ga., stands outside of the City Hall facility

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Dalton Mayor David Pennington has launched his bid to challenge Gov. Nathan Deal in the 2014 Republican primary.

Pennington said today he has filed the necessary paperwork to become a candidate.

Deal will be seeking his second term after defeating a crowded field of Republican candidates during the 2010 election. He's expected to campaign on his conservative stewardship of state finances and job growth. Pennington in his announcement took early aim at Deal, saying the state's economic performance is trailing the nation.

Pennington touted his work as mayor of Dalton to reduce property taxes and license fees.

On Monday, Deal reported that he had raised $613,000 in campaign contributions since the first of the year and has roughly $1.1 million in cash for his re-election bid.