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Murphy looks to retain state Senate seat

2014 election calendar

* Federal, state primary: May 20 (voter registration deadline April 21)

* Primary runoff: July 22

* General election: Nov. 4 (registration deadline Oct. 6)

* State runoff: Dec. 2

* Federal runoff: Jan. 6


Source: Georgia Secretary of State’s elections website,

CUMMING -- District 27 state Sen. Jack Murphy has qualified to retain his seat in the May 20 primary.

The incumbent is being challenged by Republicans Lauren McDonald III, Jack Schiff and Michael Williams. No Democrats are running for the post.

“In a time when Washington is controlled by a ruling class that holds our conservative values in contempt, Georgia needs a proven leader who has a record of standing up to the federal government,” Murphy said.

“For more than 12 years, I have been a strong advocate in cutting taxes, eliminating unnecessary spending and safeguarding the American dream. Rising above political rhetoric to deliver real results, I have worked to balance the state’s budget each year, reduce spending by $3 billion and eliminate the annual car tag tax.”

Murphy was first elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002. After two terms in the House of Representatives, he was elected to the Senate in 2006.

Murphy was named a recipient of the American Conservative Union’s Defender of Liberty Award, making him one of just eight senators in Georgia to receive a perfect score.

Murphy said as a principled conservative, he has a passion for faith, family, freedom and life. He and his wife, Linda, live in north Forsyth and worship at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Spirit.

He currently serves as the chairman of the Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee and as a member of the Appropriations, Rules and Public Safety committees.

“While some candidates talk about what they hope to achieve, I have an unwavering record of standing on the frontlines to defend our most sacred individual liberties,” Murphy said.

“I am honored to once again ask for the support of Forsyth County’s voters to continue serving as their state senator.”