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Cagle, Kemp make final pitches to Forsyth County voters before runoff
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp
Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp will face off in a July 24 runoff in the Republican governor primary. - photo by FCN regional

Before voters decide between Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Tuesday’s runoff, both campaigns are going down to the wire to attract voters.

Within the last week, both candidates have stopped by Forsyth County – Kemp on Saturday and Cagle on Thursday – and each campaign continued to try to interest voters going into Monday.

Over the weekend, Cagle’s campaign announced a new policy “to better balance growth and quality of life within densely developed parts of Forsyth County” after meeting with homeowners groups in the county.

“Many parts of Forsyth County have seen rapid growth in commercial activity that goes far beyond what existing law or existing infrastructure was designed to accommodate,” Cagle said in a news release. “I am committed to working with local homeowners to bring more balance back, and to give residents more of a say in what happens around the homes where their families live. I’m looking forward to seeing and implementing the recommendations from this task force.”

Per the release, Cagle plans The Forsyth Growth Task Force to review state law to see where more local control is possible, allow residents to vote whether they want school impact fees, review rules for education, creating a homeowner task force and “developing a long-term plan for water access in unincorporated Forsyth County, including potentially allowing direct access for withdrawals from Lake Lanier.”

As the runoff nears, both candidates have received endorsements from a slew of elected officials, including Gov. Nathan Deal supporting Cagle and President Donald Trump endorse Kemp, who held a rally earlier on Saturday with Vice President Mike Pence in Macon.

On Monday, state Sen. Michael Williams, who represents Forsyth County and ran in the gubernatorial primary, said in a news release to voters he hoped they would do their part “to help Brian Kemp win the nomination on Tuesday.”

“If we sit back and do nothing, the establishment will win and our movement will lose steam,” Williams said in the release. “If we refuse to engage in these final moments, Stacey Abrams – a radical, left-wing Democrat – will become Georgia’s next governor.”