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Election 2012: District 27 state Senate race
'Experience' versus 'passion' with candidates
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District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Jack Murphy (I)

Age: 70

Occupation: State senator, businessman

Education: Grady High School graduate, attended University of Delaware

Background: Board member of Mentor Me North Georgia, past chairman of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, past president of the South Forsyth Rotary Club, national conference of state legislators, public safety task force

Family: Wife, Linda; the two share seven children and 11 grandchildren

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Steve Voshall

Age: 46

Occupation: Small business owner of health insurance agency

Education: The University of Georgia, bachelor’s degree in risk management

Background: Attends St. Brendan Catholic Church, founder and past chairman of the Forsyth County Tea Party, member and former precinct captain of the Forsyth County Republican Party, Rotarian, former Man of Forsyth

Family: Wife, Stacey, and two children

The race for District 27 Senate appears to pit experience against vision.

Jack Murphy was first elected to serve as District 27 state senator in 2006. Prior to that, he spent four years as a house representative.

Murphy said his strength in leadership is proven through “my experience over the last 10 years in the General Assembly, as well as my business experience.”

As founder and past chairman of the Forsyth County Tea Party, Steve Voshall said he’s running “to bring ethics and fiscal responsibility and honesty to our state senate seat.”

Voshall said he has a “passion to serve others.”

“I do so in my business and personal life and I feel like I can do a very good job for our district,” he said.

Murphy said if elected, he has several legislative priorities for the upcoming session, including a vow to improve the job market by “working tirelessly to reduce needless government regulation affecting our businesses.”

“I want to continue to look at what we can do and look at the regulations that are being imposed on our businesses and try to eliminate some of those regulations,” Murphy said. “I want to do whatever we can do to bring businesses and quality jobs to the state of Georgia.”

Jobs have continued to be the top priority for both candidates.

Voshall said he would do whatever he could to “bring jobs and to make Georgia more attractive to businesses in order to lower unemployment and bring more jobs to the state.”

“I’ve got 23 years of experience running successful businesses. I understand cash flow and finances and numbers very well, I’m extremely ethical and honest and take my stewardship of other people’s money very seriously and I know I could do a good job,” he said.

Murphy said he wants to finish the work he’s already started at the state Capitol, pointing toward his experience.

“I serve on four of the most powerful committees down here. I have experience in knowing who to talk to and knowing how to reach across the aisle and work with them to get legislation passed … having good relationships means a lot, in other words, having experience on any job is important.”

Voshall said he offers a different perspective.

“I think our country needs everyday citizens to step up and take our government back from the political good old boys who are running it for their own purposes,” he said. “[I have] the ability to work with people, but at the same time, to stand my ground for my beliefs and for limited government and fiscal responsibility.”