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 Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, the second candidate running since Governor Deal has reached his term limit.
According to his website, Cagle was born in Gainesville, Georgia, and raised by a single mother who taught him all about hard work and honesty. He graduated from Georgia Southern and opened his first small business in Gainesville in 1986.
In 1994 when he was only 28, Cagle was elected to state senate. During his tenure as senator, he has been appointed Chairman of the Finance Committee, Vice Chairman of Science and Technology, and as a member of the Appropriations Committee and Natural Resources Committee. He has also been re-elected five times. Then in 2006, Cagle became Georgia’s first Republican lieutenant governor.
Over the years, Cagle has had a heavy influence in Georgia’s politics. He fought for the state’s Charter Systems Act and Career Academy Initiative, which means he provided a technical education path for Georgia’s high school students while fighting to improve the public school system. In addition, Cagle has also worked for lower taxes and cuts in wasteful spending to encourage business development in Georgia and created an initiative to fight obesity in children.
If elected, Cagle promises to:
- Be a leader in tax and regulatory reform, more specifically to cut $100 million in his first 100 days of office.
- Implement a three-part plan to create 500,000 new jobs in his first term by turning Georgia into the Silicon Valley of the South.
- Implement a ten-year strategic infrastructure plan that identifies new corridors and infrastructure needs to achieve economic growth for Georgia.
- Develop a world-class education for Georgia’s children, expand three-year high school apprenticeships, and continue the “Move On When Ready” program that allows dual-enrollment for high school students.
- Continue to cut wasteful spending and taxes.
- Protect the right to keep and bear arms.
- Protect the rights of the unborn.
If Cagle is your candidate, voting for state governor happens on May 22.