Paul Smith, the rather uniquely individualistic and independent Democrat who served the district for 22 years is retiring. He will be a hard act to follow.
In Katie Dempsey the Republican Party has fielded a particularly well-known candidate. While her opponent offers much of merit, he cannot deliver the one thing that Mrs. Dempsey plainly will: An effective voice that creates results on matters of greatest interest to the community.
Tough and focused, she brings considerable other attributes as well. She is also a known entity whose past public service has shown her heart and interests are hometown ones.
A FORMER ROME city commissioner, shes also the Child Advocate of the Year, highly active in many child-betterment and protection activities, has been an educator, involved in economic development and health-care issues, and serves on the Governors Task Force on Local Transportation.
For some years, and largely without any compensation, she has worked full time on making this community better. While a House seat is a part-time job it is highly likely that she will make it into a full-time activity, with most of that time being spent not in Atlanta but here at home, listening and working to make Romes voice heard.
Her focus in future service, as in the past, will apparently be on children and improving their lot in Georgia. That touches into many potential areas of legislative interest, of course. Yet, if the main duty of the General Assembly is to shape the future then such an emphasis is entirely appropriate. Children = future.
THE CHOICE for the new face and voice in House District 13 therefore should be Katie Dempsey