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Candidate qualifying ends, Denton pulls out of Paulding’s District 19 race

Former Republican candidate Lauren Denton for District 19
(Lauren Denton)

Candidates qualifying for elected offices for the May 20, 2014 Primaries ended on Friday at noon in Paulding County and around the state of Georgia.

For the State Representative race in District 19, that encompasses the eastern side of Paulding County, Republican Lauren Denton, who had planned to run against incumbent Georgia State Representative Paulette Braddock (R-Powder Springs) pulled out and decided not to qualify.

In a released statement to the Paulding County Republican Examiner on Thursday, Ms. Denton said that their views on issues were nearly identical and running against Braddock would not have made sense and was best to pull out of the race and work with Braddock on her re-election.

Both Braddock and Denton issued a joint statement to the Paulding County Republican Examiner and said, “Our differences were never a matter of political ideology, but a difference in opinion regarding the practical application and implementation of a few issues. We've talked extensively in recent weeks and decided it would be better for the party and District 19 if we worked together instead of causing divisiveness.”

“As Republicans, it's time to put aside petty differences and vendettas and present a united front against the true oppositional forces at work not only here, but on a state and national level as well.”

State Rep. Braddock told the Paulding County Republican Examiner, “I am proud to represent the people of District 19 in Paulding County with common-sense conservative values. I truly believe that competition in any form whether in business or politics only serves to make us stronger.”

“I am glad that Ms. Denton has chosen to work with me, because we can do so much more to improve Georgia by working together,” said Braddock. “We are both Republicans and we will collaborate as Republicans to move Georgia forward.”

“I am honored to have been entrusted with this awesome responsibility to represent the people of my district and I look forward to the opportunity to serve the people of my district for another two years.”

State Rep. Braddock presently is a committee member of the Economic Development & Tourism, Juvenile Justice, Small Business Development, Special Rules, and is Vice Chairman of the Science and Technology committee.

Braddock won her first election in 2010 and became Paulding County’s first female legislator in the county’s history.

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