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Senate candidate addresses group
Planning 2014 bid for office

State Senate hopeful Michael Williams has visited many civic organizations in recent months, but his appearance Wednesday at a meeting of the Cumming Kiwanis Club was the first where he offered a campaign speech.

The local businessman plans to challenge Jack Murphy for the District post in the 2014 Republican primary election. Williams said his platform will draw heavily on his principles of personal accountability, that people are inherently good and that truth is the most important virtue in restoring faith in government.

“I believe it’s time we hold our elected officials accountable,” he said. “Our government needs to get out of our way and allow the good-hearted nature of American people flourish and thrive.”

Williams said government is too powerful and invasive, and Georgia’s has sacrificed its independence by taking federal money, which has strings attached.

“We basically sell our sovereignty,” he said. “… One of the things I want to do is strengthen our state government and not accept so much federal money so we can do the things we need to do.”

The candidate also said he would work to remove some of the unnecessary laws the state has had for decades.

Williams, who was joined at the meeting by wife Virginia, admitted he has skeletons in his closet, including a 2008 bankruptcy filing during the recession. He noted that banks withdrew their funding for his Sport Clip franchise locations during the uncertain time, but he was “able to make it through.”

He attributed the Affordable Care Act, dubbed Obamacare, to his reason for selling 18 Sport Clips franchise locations earlier this year.

“There was really no way that we could avoid having to [deal] with Obamacare,” he said.

Despite that decision, Williams said he was unsure if the best course of action would be to repeal or alter the health care law, saying he didn’t know enough about the details.

Williams, who moved to Forsyth in 2003, has three sons ranging in age from 13 to 23 and a 10-year-old daughter. His children, he said, have benefited greatly from living in the county.

He’s running for office to help fix the problems he said are stifling business growth in Forsyth and the state.

“Everywhere I looked, we saw government sticking their hands in places they didn’t belong,” he said. “I can’t fix it myself, it’s going to take all of us uniting.”