EVANS, Ga. (WJBF)– In just 3 weeks, republican voters in Georgia will pick their nominee for Governor.
The latest poll shows Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp in a virtual dead heat.
Tuesday night, Kemp brought his campaign to Evans. The CSRA Republican Women’s Club hosted dozens at Jones Creek Golf Club.
NewsChannel 6’s Samantha Williams asked Kemp why, in this busy 4th of July week, did he choose to visit the CSRA: “There is a lot of hardworking small business people here,” Kemp responded.
That is what Kemp said he stands for: Getting government out of the way to benefit hardworking Georgians. He explained as a business owner, he has been through it all and plans to make the Peach State number one for small business: “…by cutting government regulations, fundamentally reforming state government so that we have tax reforms that lowers rates for everybody.”
“He’s won people over by just being Brian,” Lillian Smith of Evans told us.
As Secretary of State, Smith said Kemp has fought for secure elections and keeping illegal immigrants out of the state.
But the main reason she stands behind him: “Brian is like the guy who lives next door to you, and you’ll find him on a Sunday afternoon walking across the grass with a drink in his hand. He will come sit on your front porch on a rocking chair and just chat with you.”
And for Chuck Evans, he has known Kemp for years, describing him as the man for the job.
Evans said Kemp is communicative– just a call away, and with the Hull-McKnight Georgia Cyber and Innovation Center opening next week, Evans applauds Governor Nathan Deal for securing the project: “I think it would be in good hands with Brian Kemp.”
“I’m running for the people so that they have a voice and will do the right thing when no one is watching,” Kemp concluded.
Next week, Columbia County will welcome Georgia’s Secretary of State candidates as well. We will keep you updated.
Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod