Persistence and perseverance are two words that can describe David Pennington.
David is a job-creating businessman who has successfully grown and operated businesses employing and supporting hard working Georgians.
David is the founder of Advanced Insurance Strategies and is a third generation small business owner. He knows that businesses create jobs and grow the economy, not big government.
As an economics major and graduate from the University of Georgia, David has seen that job creation is not just about what is done on the local level but is also heavily influenced by what happens in the state capital.
Georgia has trailed the nation in economic performance for far too long. From 2001 thru 2011, the national economy grew 71% faster than the Georgia economy. Overall, the Georgia economy ranked 43rd among the states. As a job creator — David is determined to not just talk about job creation, but to truly grow Georgia’s economy.
A principled conservative, David Pennington has a disdain for those who would hide behind a party label to raise taxes or increase wasteful government spending.
David truly believes government that governs least governs best. The freedoms for which our forefathers fought and our troops defend must be protected. David will work with individuals registered in any party, or no party at all, as long as they will join him in his efforts to promote economic prosperity and protect the traditions on which Georgia and the nation were founded.
As the Mayor of Dalton, David Pennington has practiced what he preaches. General property taxes have been reduced 28%; general fund spending has been cut significantly; and the general fund surplus has been increased over 50%. To encourage entrepreneurship — business license fees have been reduced by up to 50%, and the permitting process streamlined to shorten the time to begin doing business.
Ranked 34th in the Tax Foundation’s annual State Business Tax Climate index, Georgia can and must do better to compete with neighboring states for business. And, ranked 40th in personal taxes, Georgia can and must do better to help our families keep their hard-earned money. David believes in comprehensive tax reform that would make taxes simpler, fairer, and smaller.
While dramatically reducing taxes and improving the fiscal health of his community, David also improved the quality of life. A state of the art community center was dedicated in 2012; nearly one million dollars have been invested in historic preservation; and recreation space has greatly increased. As Mayor, David has proven you can be fiscally responsible while providing for a better future for Georgia citizens.
David believes integrity is one of the most important qualities a man or woman can possess. He operates Dalton’s city meetings in the public, free for all to view. He believes in comprehensive ethics reform. And, David knows that public service is about serving the public, not advancing himself.
David donates his Mayor’s salary to Dalton State College, funding nearly twenty-four scholarships to hard-working students to date.