DALTON, GA (Times Free Press) --  Dalton, GA, Mayor David Pennington, once called "King David" for his ruthless approach to budget cutting and tax slashing, is considering a run for Georgia governor in coming years.

He said he's received calls from conservatives and small-business owners across the state urging him to throw his name into the race. He is in the earliest stages of exploring the possibility, he said.

"It's under consideration," Pennington said Thursday. "[Gov.] Nathan Deal has done nothing for the Georgia economy. We rank 50th in our citizens' financial security. As far as labor participation rates, we are at the bottom of that, too. ... It's a difficult thing. We are trying to gauge if it's a lost cause. Georgia needs serious changes."

The state's economy is suffering, Pennington said, because it levies an income tax. Like other Southern states, Georgia should consider getting rid of it, he said. Many move across the state line to Tennessee for tax purposes, which hurts Dalton and Georgia's already struggling economy.

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