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Forsyth state Sen. Michael Williams enters Georgia governor race
Running on pro-Trump, conservative campaign

Forysth County’s state senator has put his name in the hat to ask Georgians to make him their next governor in 2018.

Michael Williams, a Republican whose District 27 spans the majority of Forsyth, announced Thursday via a mass email he will seek the state’s top job based on a campaign of “radical conservative reform and opposition to politics as usual.”

That mindset is what he has openly supported since stepping into the political spotlight in 2014. The Forsyth County businessman, Mormon and two-term state senator has boasted often that he spent $300,000 of his own money to edge out incumbent Jack Murphy in the conservative stronghold of Forsyth.

“Voters are tired of the political games and the false promise of career politicians,” he said in the mass email. “People want someone willing to take a stand for what they believe, someone who will relentlessly pursue fearless conservative reform.”

Williams became the first elected official in Georgia to endorse then-nominee Donald Trump for president and has mirrored his steps up the political ladder with Trump’s victory.

While he used to say he would eventually run for secretary of state, he told the Forsyth County News Thursday the push for governor came in the wake of Trump’s successful presidential bid.

“We had people reaching out to find someone to continue that movement that Trump was able to tap into,” he said. “Even though I’m an elected official now, I’m still an outsider business guy, and we feel like there’s an opportunity there to just bring fearless conservative values to the state of Georgia.”

Williams will go, so far, up against Republicans who already hold higher offices than he, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. District 6 state Sen. Hunter Hill (Atlanta) is also running to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, who is term-limited.

He said his political drive has always been to “get government out of our way and allow people to live their lives and make their own decisions.”

His support for President Trump and “truly conservative values” has never wavered, noting to the FCN that he does not anticipate the president’s bad press to change “anytime soon.”

“The people that elected him in are happy with him and what he’s doing,” he said.

He said his campaign will not focus on one specific facet of government. Rather, it will cover “taxes, school choice, constitutional carry, pro-life – we’re going to talk about all those issues.”