Marmon seeking House seat
By SARAH FAY CAMPBELL
Darryl Marmon is running for Georgia’s House of Representatives in order to bring “good, common sense solutions” to Georgia government and to make sure our tax dollars are spent well.
“As a Jeffersonian and Reagan conservative, I truly believe in the principle that the government that governs the least, governs the best,” Marmon said.
“My goal is to help create more jobs and better jobs for people in Coweta,” Marmon said, and to “make sure our educational system is such that our kids are ready to compete in the global marketplace.”
Marmon, of Sharpsburg, is seeking the House District 71 seat being vacated by Billy Horne. He will face fellow candidate Robert Stokely in the July 31 Republican primary.
Marmon said he’s been talking to a lot of people who “were interested in having somebody run who isn’t a career politician.”
“I think people who know me know I don’t have political ambitions” and won’t “start making decisions just to move higher up the chain,” Marmon said. He wants to “do what I think is best for my neighbors and people I know — our families and everybody like us,” he said.
He doesn’t want to see the public’s tax dollars “spent to make a political statement or to help special interests.”
The economy, jobs and education are the major issues right now.
“I think everybody is concerned about jobs and the economy,” Marmon said. “Obviously, it seems like the federal government is putting more demands on us in how we use our money, and giving us less money to do it with,” he said.
“I think people want some solutions,” he said. “I think Georgians are in the best position to decide what should be done with our money — it’s our money, we ought to be able to spend it in a way that is going to help us the most.”
When it comes to education, “I think we need to give our students the most opportunities possibleâ ¦ whether that is charter, public or private. Our kids need to be challenged,” Marmon said.
“I’m for constantly increasing the educational opportunities that are available,” Marmon said, and making sure “our kids will really be ready to compete in a global economy.”
His son, Alex, is 6 years old. “By the time he graduates, the world is going to be a very different place,” Marmon said. “I think our educational system needs to start looking forward to those days.”
When it comes to other issues, Marmon said he finds it disturbing that “Georgia basically allows lobbyists to give unlimited gifts” to legislators.
“That is something that I think needs to be rectified. I just don’t think that is a good thing,” he said.
He’s also concerned with government efficiency and responsiveness. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a bill, commonly known as the “sunset bill,” that would have set up a committee to review government agencies to decide if some needed to be done away with.
“I think we need to take another shot at finding a way to really look at the government and get rid of the duplication and the wastefulness — and make sure we are operating as efficiently as possible,” Marmon said.
Transportation is also a big issue. “I’m not a fan of raising taxes in the middle of a recession,” Marmon said. But “I do think we need to start looking seriously at how we are going to deal with ongoing transportation” needs.
When it comes to taxes, this year’s tax bill “kind of started the process of reforming taxes,” Marmon said.
Georgia’s “tax system right now really isn’t fair,” Marmon said. “There are a lot of provisions that give preferential treatment where none is deserved or needed,” he said.
Georgia needs to constantly “work on improving our tax code and making sure it is truly fair for everybody and that we are approaching our budget in a way that we are getting the most out of our money,” he said.
“As a small business owner, I know how to balance a budget and make payroll. I also know that when things get tough, you shouldn’t cut out priorities in order to afford luxuries,” Marmon said. “If elected, I will be the champion of our tax dollars,” he said. “Throughout my campaign I will offer bold solutions to get our economy back on track, but not on the backs of the taxpayers or at the expense of public safety, education, or our economy.”
“Everything we do has to be based on improving jobs, improving education,” Marmon said. “We need to do a better job of allocating our resources, and bringing in resources” in a fair way.
“There are all kinds of loopholes that need to be stopped,” Marmon said. The tax code “needs to be simpler, it needs to be better,” he said. “While they have started the process, there’s a long way to go.”
Why should people vote for Marmon?
“I will listen to people. I will thoughtfully consider different points of view and I will research to find the right answer,” he said. “It is not my intent to take this job and work for four months out of the year. I plan on working year round, even when we are not in session — working with other members of the House, doing research and coming up with compelling solutions to our problems,” he said.
“I think if people vote for me, they are going to find that I will be remarkably responsive to what they have to say. I will listen to them,” Marmon said. “They will find that I will work incredibly hard to get it right.”
Marmon said he is a man of principle. “If there is a principle at stake that I think is important, I won’t negotiate that away,” he said. “I will stand up for principlesâ ¦ even if it is not politically profitable,” he said.
Marmon is an attorney and runs the small firm of Marmon and Leach, LLC. He had considered running for a superior court judgeship, and even filed a notice of intent for that race.
“It was not something that I had decided to do. It was something that I had given some thought to,” Marmon said. “After thinking about it I just felt that the representative position was more consistent with what I want to accomplish,” he said. “I think I can do more good for the community as a representative than as a judge.”
Marmon is a long-time resident of Coweta. He is married to the former Lisa Turner of Newnan. Mrs. Turner has taught at Whitewater Middle School in Fayette County for 21 years. The Marmons are very active at their church, Dogwood, where they have both taught Sunday school.