2018 is a big election year for the state of Georgia. But if you are anything like me, you are usually too busy to pay as much attention to local politics as you should. So to make things easier, I have started a series to pick apart each candidate’s pros and cons.
Now, with introductions out of the way, meet incumbent Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the third candidate running since Governor Deal has reached his term limit.
Unfortunately, his website did not have any information about his childhood besides that Kemp is a lifelong resident of Athens who graduated the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. However, it did say Kemp has remained a small business owner with companies in agribusiness, financial services, real estate management and investment while serving in public office. It also had plenty to say about Kemp’s work in the state senate and as Secretary of State.
In the state senate, Kemp “fought to cut fees, taxes, and mandates on job creators and Georgia families.” As Secretary of State, he “used technology and innovation to cut bureaucratic red tape, slash spending, and streamline government.” He also “fought the Obama Justice Department and countless left-wing organizations attempting to undermine Georgia’s elections.”
If elected, Kemp has a four point plan to “put Georgia first:”
- First, he wants to make Georgia the #1 place for small businesses by cutting burdensome regulations and mandates, working with business people to cut red tape and streamline state government, and stand against health care reforms that hurt small businesses.
- Second, Kemp wants to reform state government by implementing a state spending cap that adjusts with population and inflation, determine return on investment on state programs and tax incentives, and eliminate the wasteful programs, tax incentives, and bureaucracy.
- Third, he wants to increase the opportunities for rural Georgians by bringing them high-speed internet, promoting economic development and investment, and supporting farmers, agri-business, and small businesses to “strengthen all of Georgia.”
- Fourth and finally, Kemp wants to defund sanctuary cities and campuses, stop taxpayer funded subsidies for illegal immigrants, and “put the needs of hardworking Georgians ahead of special interests” to protect Georgia values and put Georgians first.
If Kemp sounds like someone you want to vote for, the election is on May 22.