After the Republican candidates running for statewide seats in the 2018 election delivered their speeches at the Rome Rally on Saturday, the event at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport took a local turn with the announcement of Randy Quick’s bid for a City Commission seat.
Georgia GOP Chairman John Watson called Quick up to the front of a crowd of over 350 at the Tillman Hangar and said even though the commission seats are nonpartisan his presence at the rally meant something. Quick, the general manager of Rome Radio Partners LLC, with a 42-year career in radio, will aim to grab one of the three Ward 2 commission spots up for grabs in November’s municipal election. He would be up against incumbents Jamie Doss, Sue Lee and Wendy Davis — who have said they intend to seek re-election — and Monica Sheppard, a freelance graphic designer and beekeeper, is campaigning as well.
Graves called on Republicans to take the energy and momentum from President Donald Trump’s election victory and carry it into state and local races. He poked at the Democrats’ motto of resist, saying, “The only thing they’re for is everything we’re against.”
Cagle pledged to cut taxes by $100 million in his first 100 days as governor, while Hill and Williams called for eliminating the income tax all together.
The Floyd County College and Career Academy received a name drop from Cagle, mentioning it as part of a statewide push he headed as lieutenant governor to better prepare students for the workforce through access to similar academies. Cagle said he’d like to expand the horizons of career programs to include more apprenticeship opportunities, fueling business growth with a pipeline of job-ready workers. CCAs can create an environment where kids fight to get into public education rather than trying to get out.
Hill and Williams…