HIAWASSEE, Ga. – While early voter turnout was especially strong in North Georgia throughout the first week of the 2018 General Election, state and local Republican leaders echoed the importance of encouraging friends and family to cast ballots during a Towns County “Get Out The Vote” rally Thursday, Oct. 18 .
A sizeable crowd of constituents attended the town hall meeting, orchestrated by Towns County GOP Chairwoman Betsy Young, and Republican member Donna Barrow.
“We all know that after watching the Kavanaugh hearings, and the things that were going on, it’s very scary, and we have to get out the vote..,” Young urged, “We’re speaking to the choir here, we know that, but we want you to reach out.”
Towns County High School Commissioner Seth Fullerton introduced Colonel Dale Sissell, an author and two-time Purple Heart recipient, to lead in the Pledge of Allegiance. Towns County High School student and vocalist Summer Rahn sang “God Bless America,” followed by the National Anthem.
Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw served as Master of Ceremonies, opening the meeting by reciting words attributed to former President Ronald Reagan.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” Commissioner Bradshaw relayed, “We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children, and our children’s children, what it was once like in the United States where men were free..”
“Our children are our future for America,” Bradshaw added.
Georgia State Senators John Wilkinson and Steve Gooch spoke at the event, as did Georgia House Representative Matt Gurtler and State School Superintendent Richard Woods, each reiterating the crucial nature of the midterm election, in hopes of Georgia remaining a “red” Republican state.
Surrogate Director for Brian Kemp, Martha Zoller, Field Representative for Congressman Doug Collins, Bill Kokaly, GAGOP National Delegate Jason Thompson, GAGOP Chairman for Counties under 80K Ron Johnson, and GAGOP 9th District Chair Bruce Acevedo likewise addressed attendees at the Towns County Civic Center event.
Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor candidate Geoff Duncan, and Attorney General incumbent Chris Carr delivered video messages to Towns County voters.
Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton, who was out-of-town and could not attend, wrote a letter of endorsement for the Republican candidates, read aloud by Commissioner Bradshaw.
At the commencement of the meeting, prior to delivering the invocation, Eastgate Life Academy student Gabriel Moody shared a sentiment which garnered a strong applause.
“America is a country built on hard work, strong families, and Godly principles,” the sixth grade student expressed, “If we can hold onto those truths, we can remain a shining light to a world that at times seems overwhelmingly dark.”
As of Friday, Oct. 19, a total of 1375 ballots had been cast at the polls in Towns County, GA.
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