This article is the first in a four-part Sunday series previewing the races in the upcoming Republican primary runoff election July 22. The ballot will include the contests for the state Senate District 27 post, the District 22 seat in the state House of Representatives, Forsyth County solicitor general and Georgia school superintendent and U.S. Senate
The July 22 run-off election is a month away and candidates have been busy.
In the District 27 state Senate race, both candidates have been posting signs, meeting constituents and attending meetings.
For incumbent Jack Murphy, he’s been talking a lot about the experience he’s gained since being sworn into the senate in 2007.
“I’ve done a good job for Forsyth County and the state and I’m going to continue to do it,” he said, pointing toward the funding he’s gotten for the county’s libraries, National Guard regional readiness center and University of North Georgia.
“I think I’m the best one to continue to do the best job for Forsyth County and I’m going to continue to work as hard as I can.”
Challenger Michael Williams said it’s time for a change.
“I was tired of the way the government was treating the citizens. I didn’t feel I was being fairly represented,” he said. “I have gone through many of the things that the voters have experienced over this past five to 10 years and I’ve found a way to overcome them. Our state and our country are facing many challenges and we need problem solvers down there to overcome them and fix them.”
Both Murphy and Williams say they are conservative candidates, both pro-life, in favor of a fair tax, second amendment rights and reducing the size of government, including federal government, with issues like fighting the federal Affordable Care Act.
Murphy, who has lived in Forsyth for about 30 years, and his wife Linda have seven children and 11 grandchildren between them.
If re-elected, Murphy said his top priority would be to continue to have a balanced budget with no unnecessary spending and to “do everything I can to reduce property taxes.”
“I want to help in any way I can to keep the economy’s rebound and recovery going in the state,” Murphy said. “Experience does count in the legislature.”
While he has no legislative experience, Williams pointed to being a business owner for nearly a decade, during which he had 18 franchises and 160 employees. If elected, Williams said his priorities would be education, ethics reform and “getting government out of our lives and decreasing the impact they have on us.”
Williams and wife Virginia have four children and have lived in Forsyth County since 2003.
“My whole platform is getting out there, meeting people and being the most accessible state senator we’ve ever had.”