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A quick conversation with Cory Ruth

February 4, 2011

I had the opportunity to meet and talk with Cory Ruth recently about issues that affect DeKalb County, and our little chat shed some insight on the man who once sought to replace Hank Johnson as the 4th distict representative from Georgia. We discussed several issues including his possible plans to seek elected office in 2012. He did not rule out a possible run for Congress again, but said he wanted to wait to see how the Legislature would handle redistricting of congressional lines. We both were in agreement that DeKalb should be consolidated into one or two congressional districts instead of the four districts we presently have. When asked if there was a local office he would run for, specifically CEO of DeKalb, he would only state that he had not decided, and would have to take a serious look at the numbers before he would even consider such a move. He reiterated that he would seek no office where he did not have a reasonable chance of winning. As a Republican, Ruth would have a hard time trying to get DeKalb’s top job.

We also talked developement opportunities in South DeKalb. He saw opportunity for South DeKalb to have economic growth in the near future. His pro-buisness approach was refreshing. He said he would love to talk to businesses who have located in counties outside of DeKalb to help determine what was it about DeKalb that turned them away. He also said he would talk with businesses in DeKalb and ask them why they are in DeKalb. He would use that info to try and lure more businesses to DeKalb. Given it’s proximity to the airport and access to several major interstates, Ruth found it hard to believe that Dekalb could not attract more businesses especially outside of the perimeter area. He also talked about how more businesses in DeKalb would put less strain on families who now spend up to two hours daily traveling to and from their places of employment. This, he believes would have a positive impact on parents who find it hard to be more active in their kids education and social lives.

When I asked if a Republican could win an elected office in DeKalb, he said yes, but would have to make some serious progress in convincing the African-American vote in South DeKalb that Republicans have a plan that will bring jobs and economic growth to the area. He pointed out me a project in New York where faith based and business organizations are reviving communities by providing educational opportunities, housing, and business support to local communities all without government intervention. Ruth believes that government intervention is not the complete answer to the ills that affect DeKalb, but he also said the old “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” adage is a not the only answer either.

Ruth strikes me as a common sense person who would definitely abandon the old ways of doing business. He is young, intelligent and very deliberate in his thoughts and ideas. Could he win a seat in Congress from DeKalb? Probably not. Could he be the next CEO of DeKalb? I would not bet my paycheck on it. If he were to decide to run for office again, he would have a mighty hill to climb to overcome entrenched Democrat loyalty in DeKalb. He says that he made some mistakes in his run for Congress in 2010, but that he learned from those mistakes and would do things differently a second time around. I for one would like to see him run for CEO of DeKalb. If the citizens of DeKalb truly want to see this county rise again, electing a fresh face and inserting some new ideas into the conversation will go a long way in making that rise possible. DeKalb needs a new direction and a new mindset. If we continue to go down the path we are presently on we will never return to the days when DeKalb was a place people actually wanted to live and play in.

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  1. Carol
    February 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    We are living in a time that there is no real true Democrats and Republicans, we need to vote for the best man or woman for the job, you have democrats that are crossing over to be republican for their own agenda and visa versa. Some are Republican because their beliefs are conservative and not liberal, I am non partisan and a christian and there are certain things that Democrats believe as a liberal party that go against my values and morals, but this isn’t the only thing that makes up my mind, the whole picture has to be taken into consideration to make a determination as to who is the BEST man or woman for the job. One being who is the BEST person to get the job done!

  2. Erin Reddick
    February 4, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I wish that the Democrat-loyalists in DeKalb would look beyond the (R) behind Cory’s name and seriously think about his statements and plans, and honestly weigh them against the status-quo. I know many Democrats, especially blacks, won’t give Republican/conservative arguments the time-of-day, but Cory truly cares about the well-being of the citizens. His ideas are conservative, but still would benefit the people much more than the Democrat platform.

    I challenge all to employ your intellectual honesty and hear him out!

    • February 5, 2011 at 1:25 am

      I agree with your sentiment. I am not ashamed to say that I tend to vote Democrat, but that does not stop me from seeing opportunity or good in Republican plans or ideas. And if a Republican candidate like Ruth has a better plan than a Dem, then I will give him a chance. Far too many see that (R) and close their eyes and plug their ears. It is the epitome of ignorance.

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