LAWRENCEVILLE – The Faith and Freedom Coalition organized and facilitated a forum to introduce candidates running for public office to interested voters on Saturday, July 21stat North Metro Baptist Church. The Georgia primary is this Tuesday, July 24thand those who have not taken advantage of early voting opportunities should be prepared to exercise that privilege on Tuesday.
Dr. Frank Cox, pastor of North Metro Baptist Church, welcomed the guests and turned the program over to Timothy Head, the Executive Director for the Faith and Freedom Coalition.
A dozen or more candidates running for local, county and state offices were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, but the feature was on candidates running for strategic state offices: Governor, Lt. Governor and Secretary of State.
The Forum featured Republican candidates, because the Democratic candidates for those offices have already been decided in the General Primary on May 22nd. Stacey Abrams became the Democratic candidate for Governor in that May primary; and Sarah Riggs Amico won the Democratic nomination for Lt. Governor and John Barrow will be on the ballot as the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State.
The Republican’s had a plethora of candidates for these three state government offices and no one received a majority of votes so a run-off became necessary.
Gubernatorial candidates Brian Kemp and Casey Cagle have been in a hotly contested race for Governor for months and Kemp was present to share his vision for the state of Georgia. Kemp stated, “This race is about putting Georgia first; and it is all about trust. Who do you trust to do what they are saying?”
Kemp seemed elated over the endorsement of President Trump and was leaving the Forum to go to Macon where he was connecting with Vice President Mike Pence who joined him on the Campaign trail.
Kemp concluded his remarks by saying, “I would be honored to have your support and your vote, but no matter who you are supporting, I would like to have your thoughts and prayers, not only for me and my family, but for all the candidates as they are out there on the road every day, that they would do the right thing, that the Lord would guide them in their work.”
Casey Cagle was not present as anticipated, but on a bus tour in North Georgia campaigning for the top political job in the state. Cagle’s wife, Nita, spoke to the group in her husband’s place.
The Lt. Governor’s wife said of her husband, “I am proud of my husband. I am proud to walk along side of him. My husband is a visionary and he moves things forward. He has been serving the state of Georgia for a long time. He has a resume and you can look at it . . . and he has made a difference in people’s lives.”
Nita Cagle then welcomed Georgia State Senator Renee S. Unterman to answer questions on behalf of Cagle. She chose to emphasize the things, which the Lt. Governor had already done rather than what he has promised to do if elected Governor.
The presentations of Lt. Governor candidates David Shafer and Geoff Duncan were clear and pointed. Secretary of State candidates David belle Isle and Brad Raffensperger also outlined their visions if elected.
You can go to the Georgia Baptist Public Affairs Facebook page or the Faith and Freedom of Georgia Coalition Facebook page and see the entire two-hour forum on video. It would be well worth your time to do it.