Thomasville Times Enterprise


May 10, 2014

Economic growth among Raines' priorities

THOMASVILLE — If elected May 20, Richard David Raines will not serve more than eight years as District 8 state senator.

The candidate said that if he has not accomplished what he set out to do in that length of time, it will be time for him to step aside.

When Raines ran for a seat on the Lowndes County Commission in 2010, one of his campaign promises was to serve one term. In January, he announced he would not seek a second term to the commission he now co-chairs.

In February, Raines was approached about opposing Tim Golden, incumbent District 8 senator. He and his wife prayed about the situation, and Raines announced his candidacy.

Two days later, Golden announced he would not seek re-election.

“It really is about serving for my wife and I,” Raines explained.

Raines’ business provides medical care to inmates in prisons and jails. He began the business in 2012, with a bank loan and working from his kitchen table. In 2013, he saw $700,000 in billable income and created 11 new jobs.

As a senator, one of his priorities would be to grow the economy in southwest Georgia. Raines said Georgia is becoming the place to do business in the South, and he wants to be an advocate for this area.

“I’m tired of south Georgia sending our money to Atlanta and not getting anything in return,” the candidate said.

Raines said that as a state senator he would not accept gifts, meals, trips or any other incentive from any lobbyist.

“I don’t need any incentives to listen,” he explained.

Most of the people making education-related decisions have grown children, Raines said.

Three days after announcing his candidacy, Raines created an education advisory panel made up of parents, teachers and administrators from private and public schools and home-school participants.

“I want to get experts involved and get their answers in education,” the candidate said.

Common Core, he said, should be blocked from Georgia schools, and decisions about curriculum and standards should not be based on “political hot buttons.”

Raines said it is not government’s responsibility to educate his children. Education, he explained, is the responsibility of parents.

And it should be up to parents how they educate their children, he added

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.


Text Only
Business Marquee
House Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter


Does it bother you that the Thomasville-Thomas County Central football game won't be played for at least the next two years?

     View Results
NDN Video
Famous Internet Cats Help Big Cause With Viral Video Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2" Pitch Invading Morons Cause Chaos - @TheBuzzeronFOX Orlando Bloom 'Takes a Swing' at Justin Bieber In Ibiza Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob