BKP Has A Live Call-In With Andrew Clyde

Election

BKP has the 9th congressional district #Republican nominee on the show to discuss election night and whats coming up in November. Clyde is wearing his combat boots on the floor one last time in November because of the fight he promises to take for the 9th district. He plans to stay focused for the November election.

 

 

 

#BKP Has A Live Call In With Andrew Clyde

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#BKP is joined this morning by Andrew Clyde. They discuss Tuesday’s election, the runoff, and other candidate endorsements. Clyde also discusses his life in the Navy and his life experiences. Andrew Clyde shares his thoughts on renaming military bases and defunding of police. 

 

2020 9th Congressional District Candidate Interviews with BKP

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BKP interviews the candidates for the 9th Congressional District. These candidates discuss with BKP the latest in the news from Black Lives Matter, Pro-Life or Pro-Choice, Department of Education and the 2nd Amendment on if they support it or not. These interviews will better help you get to know the candidates for the June 9th election.

 

Kevin Tanner:

 

Ethan Underwood:

 

John Wilkinson:

 

Andrew Clyde:

 

Paul Broun:

 

Matt Gurtler:

 

#BKP Has A Live Call In With Paul Broun

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#BKP has Dr. Paul Broun, a candidate for the 9th congressional district, on the show to discuss his campaign and his plans if he were elected. Broun says hes completely different from other candidates. He also states that he will find out the truth revolving around Covid-19 so the economy will never shut down again. Dr. Broun says we should shut down the DOE and pay our teachers more. Lastly, Broun says all the other candidates just offer promises he says that he offers the proof.

 

#BKP Has A Live Call-In With Andrew Clyde

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#BKP has 9th Congressional District Candidate Andrew Clyde to discuss his campaign. Clyde discusses his years in the navy and says hes “Not a politician.” Clyde believes in limited government and the second amendment. He doesn’t think we should “Bailout” the states. Clyde calls this the fight of our lifetime. 

 

#BKP Has A Live Call-In With John Wilkinson

Election

#BKP is joined this morning with 9th congressional district candidate John Wilkinson to discuss the 9th district. Wilkinson is a what you see is what you get candidate. He discusses spending, agriculture, and the poultry business. He also touches on the protests, riots, and campaigning during Covid-19.

#BKP Has A Live Call-In With Ethan Underwood

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#BKP is joined by 9th congressional district candidate Ethan Underwood to discuss the 9th district. Underwood is focused on unifying the country. He discusses his views on George Floyd, Budget, and rioting. He touches on the Multi-tier justice system and says we need to work together to make america better and get back to stability.

 

#BKP Has A Live Call-In With Kevin Tanner

Election

This Morning, #BKP is joined by 9th congressional district candidate Kevin Tanner! Tanner discusses his thoughts on Club For Growth endorsing candidates. He also touches on his track record for just being effective. Tanner also touches on Important issues such as Covid-19, Budget Cuts, and the protests around the country.

 

Strickland joins 9th Congressional race, addresses Towns GOP

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Maria Strickland - Congressional candidate

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Maria Strickland, a contender in the 9th Congressional District race, spoke with the Towns County Republican Party, Feb. 27, introducing herself as a candidate. Strickland, a retired law enforcement officer of 26 years, resides in Fannin County.

“I am a conservative Republican and I am a pro-Trump supporter,” Strickland said. “I am a true outsider. I am not a politician. I am an American, just like you, who wants to go to Washington and help President Trump drain the swamp.”

Strickland, the sole female candidate to join the race thus far, was met with applause by the Towns County GOP.

“I feel very strong about that,” Strickland continued. “We need to send more people who can make change, and in doing that, we need to stop sending career, establishment politicians. We’ve been doing that and we’re not making any difference. Nothing is changing. Sending someone like me, me in particularly, to Washington, we can do that. We can help President Trump with his policies, and with that, we can bring in term limits, and maybe we can stop these career politicians from staying there for 30, 40 years.”

The Republican candidate attended the “Hats off for Trump” event in Blairsville earlier in the day, sponsored in conjunction with the Union, Towns, and Rabun Republican parties.

“We need to stop the radical left from destroying this country. I am pro-gun, pro-life. I am pro-American,” Strickland emphasized.

Georgia’s 9th Congressional District includes Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties. Portions of Clarke, Forsyth, and Pickens counties lie within the district.

The seat was vacated by Representative Doug Collins who announced candidacy for U.S. Senate last month. Collins will run in the late-2020 special election, vying to complete the final two-year term of retiring Senator Johnny Isakson.

“I want to support our booming economy and help small business by removing red tape and reducing taxes,” Strickland later stated. “I represent the people, not the special interest groups.  We can’t keep sending career establishment politicians and expect different outcomes. Some will be naysayers and claim I have no experience.  I say, well look at Washington DC and tell me how that experience is working out for us. Republicans are going to take back the House, and Republicans need to keep their promises, and you can count on me to keep my word to the people of the 9th District.”

Strickland will face the following Congressional contenders on the General Primary ballot, May 19:

  • Michael Boggus
  • Paul C. Broun
  • Andrew Clyde
  • Matt Gurtler
  • Kevin Tanner
  • Tyler Tolin
  • Ethan Underwood
  • John Wilkinson

Official qualification for candidacy takes place the week of March 2, 2020.

Sen. Paul endorses Rep. Gurtler in U.S. Congressional race

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Rand Paul

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – State House Representative Matt Gurtler, 8th District, formally announced Feb. 18 that he received a campaign endorsement from U.S. Senator Rand Paul.  “I am proud to receive Senator Rand Paul’s endorsement for Congress,” Gurtler said. “Rand Paul is one of the few men in Washington D.C. willing to stand up for the Constitution and take on the establishment.”

Sen. Paul’s endorsement reads as follows:

Matt Gurtler

Rep. Matt Gurtler

“Matt Gurtler is a proven conservative who has stood strong against out-of-control government spending and the special interests in Atlanta. He is the exact type of conservative leader we need in Washington who will defend liberty and serve the people of Georgia’s 9th District, not the DC insiders. He has my full and total endorsement.”

Sen. Paul is a member of the Republican Party, a U.S. Senator representing the state of Kentucky, and a former candidate for President of the United States.

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Rep. Gurtler on decision to seek U.S. Congressional seat

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FYNTV - Matt Gurtler

ELLIJAY, Ga. – State House Representative Matt Gurtler spoke with FYN CEO Brian Pritchard in a live FYNTV interview, Feb.13, on the state budget cuts, related HB 4, and his announcement to run for the 9th Congressional District seat vacated by U.S. Senate-seeking Representative Doug Collins.

Gurtler, who is running on a platform of limited government, free markets, and individual liberty, said that the decision to run for U.S. Congress did not come lightly, and reached through deliberation and prayer. “We looked at the State Senate seat, we looked at the Congressional seat and had an opportunity to go up to Washington D.C. to meet with the conservative leaders in the House and also the Senate, and theses individuals and individuals reaching out to me across the District really encouraged me to run,” Gurtler said. “They’ve been watching me, and that I’ve been standing up to the powers that be, and the insiders in Atlanta and the special interests and the bloated budgets, and so it was sort of flattering that they noticed me there. And so we came back, and me and my family prayed, and we made the decision for Congress. We feel that we have a lot of support around the District. We’re going to work our tail off. We’re going to put tens of thousands of miles on the car again and wear the soles out on our feet and just bring the message of limited government to a wider audience, and a national audience if we are elected, so that we can really educate people.”

Gurtler said that members of the House and Senate voiced a need for “revolutionaries” to educate people on a national level, specifically against socialism. The State House Representative, who was in Washington D.C. during the telephone interview, divulged that he met with the Young Americans for Liberty, Freedom Caucus, and Club for Growth – an organization that is spending millions to fight Congressman Doug Collins in the U.S. Senate race.

Gurtler added that he received an endorsement from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.

The 8th District representative later shared his support for the Second Amendment in a social media post. “Our founders understood the right of self-defense is a natural and God-given right,” Gurtler wrote. “Red Flag laws and gun confiscation legislation like we see in Virginia, are dangerous to the principles of a free society and go against our constitutional rights. I will stand up for our 2nd Amendment rights in Washington DC just as I have done from day one at the State Capitol these past 4 years.”

Continue to follow FYN for local, state, and national campaign coverage as the May 19 primary election approaches.

 

 

 

Gurtler announces run for 9th Congressional District

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Matt Gurtler

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – State House Representative for the 8th District, Matt Gurtler, officially announced candidacy for the 9th Congressional District seat on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 12.

“We did not expect this opportunity to come so soon,” Gurtler stated in a press release. “However, I’ve learned that it is not enough to simply support the Constitution, the Second Amendment, or love liberty… We must fight for our shared values and principles like I’m doing in Georgia. Since Day ONE of my time serving in the Georgia State House, I’ve tirelessly fought to defend Georgia’s constitutional conservative values, principles, and our God-given rights. Working alongside Governor Kemp, I’ve been fighting for Georgia to become a national leader in defending our second amendment rights. Congress needs proven limited government conservatives who will stand up to Speaker Pelosi and fake Republicans like Mitt Romney and John Bolton. I support President Trump’s agenda to bring our troops home, cut job-killing regulations, and defend the right of the unborn.

“My decision to run for Congress does not come lightly. My family, close friends and many of you helped me pray and deliberate over this decision. Ultimately, I made the decision to run knowing that I will be a champion for the Constitution, a voice for liberty in Congress, and serve the people of Georgia.”

Follow FYN for continued coverage as Election 2020 advances.

Gurtler leaves 8th District voters hanging in limbo

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Matt Gurtler

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – With candidate qualification just three weeks away, House Representative Matt Gurtler continues to leave 8th District voters in the dark regarding which office he will pursue. Whether Gurtler will choose to remain the incumbent in the State House race or move toward a bid in the 50th State Senate or 9th Congressional districts remains a mystery.

As constituents question the elected official’s delay, it begs the question: What exactly is Gurtler waiting on?

Gurtler alluded to a potential State Senate, or U.S. Congressional House run, in a Feb. 4 social media post. “With the announcement of Congressman Doug Collins seeking the U.S. Senate seat, as well as our State Senator John Wilkinson’s seat opening up, I wanted to answer all your questions about whether I’m considering a run for either seat, the 9th Congressional or the 50th State Senate,” Gurtler stated, adding that he was “weighing my options.”

Last month, the second-term representative received substantial backlash on social media following a controversial “no” vote proclaimed to honor President Trump and the U.S. military. Challenging candidate Stan Gunter took aim at the self-professed conservative’s history of opposing Republican-backed bills at the State Capitol.

In turn, Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw weighed in on the matter at the Towns County Republican Party meeting on Jan. 16, shining a spotlight on Gurtler’s unpopular position with conservative officials in the State House. “This isn’t the first time that a vote like this occurred,” Gunter publicly reminded. “You can imagine what he does to his relationships with other Republicans because this bill went down the party line. The Democrats all voted against it, and he joined the Democrats.”

In response, Representative Gurtler issued a Feb. 6 rebuttal reminiscent of his 2018 campaign rhetoric. “The establishment, lead by (House Speaker David) Ralston himself, never give up, and unfortunately, because they’ve been in power for so long (back when many of them were Democrats), they have endless resources….” Gurtler stated in part. “Unfortunately, my opponent has decided to carry on the establishment torch.”

In a Feb. 6 statement to FYN, Gunter said that he is focused solely on the 8th District House. “I’m running my campaign as if (Gurtler) is still in it, which he is,” Gunter said. Gunter issued the statement following the news that Gurtler confirmed a low-profile visit to Washington D.C.

With time narrowing in, the elected official will have to reveal his hand sooner than later, announcing whether he wishes to continue representing the citizens of the 8th House District or attempt to secure a seat elsewhere.

Additional information can be found by clicking the highlighted links above.

Continue to follow FYN for campaign developments as Election 2020 approaches.

 

 

Gurtler remains tight-lipped, visits DC as qualifying nears

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Matt Gurtler

HIAWASSEE, Ga.- State House Representative Matt Gurtler, the incumbent in the 8th District race, continues to hold a clenched grip on his plans, seemingly wavering between whether to seek a third term in the State House or move toward a potential 50th State Senate or 9th Congressional District run. FYN received information that Gurtler was not in attendance at legislative sessions in Atlanta earlier this week, along with a tip that Gurtler was visiting Washington D.C. Gurtler confirmed on Wednesday evening that he was, in fact, in Washington. “I had an opportunity to meet with some great conservative leaders,” Gurtler told FYN in a brief statement.

Gurtler did not indicate if he has reached a decision, however, on which office he will seek. “I’m still praying, and making sure to get back to all those who have contacted (me) about the open seats in our beautiful mountains, especially my family, friends, and neighbors of the 8th District. I’m grateful for their support and input,” Gurtler said.

FYN reached out to 8th District House challenger, Stan Gunter, for his thoughts on Gurtler’s apparent indecisiveness. “There’s a lot of planning involved if (Gurtler) runs for the 9th Congressional District,” Gunter said. “I’m focused on this race. I’m running my campaign as if he is still in it, which he is.”

On Feb. 4, Gurtler indicated on social media that he has yet to reach a resolution, listing the 8th District House, the 50th State Senate, and the 9th Congressional District seats as options. “Whatever we decide to do and whatever seat I run for, or if I simply run for reelection, the purpose is always to continue the fight against the establishment and to defend our Constitution,” Gurtler stated in part. “Of course, my priority will be to serve my district and the People of Georgia as your State House Representative during the 2020 session. I will be sure to inform you once a decision is made, very soon.”

With qualification just weeks away, Gurtler is expected to announce the office that he intends to pursue in the near future.

Continue to follow FYN for local, state, and national election coverage as the May 19 primary approaches.

Gurtler indecisive on which seat to seek

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Matt Gurtler

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Matt Gurtler, the 8th District State House Representative, issued a statement to FYN on Feb. 2, remaining seemingly indecisive on his next political move.

“I am considering a run and weighing my options for the 9th Congressional or the 50th State Senate seat,” Gurtler told FYN. “It is very rare for both seats to open up like this at the same time and is something we did not expect. My family and I are praying about this very important decision. Thank you to everyone for their support and encouragement these past several days. Whatever we decide to do and whatever seat I run for, I will continue to fight the establishment and defend our Constitution.”

With qualifying drawing near, Gurtler has a mere month to decide whether to attempt the retention of his 8th District seat or seek candidacy elsewhere. Qualification takes place during the first week of March, with the primary election set for Tuesday, May 19.

The 9th Congressional seat opened as a result of United States Representative Doug Collins’ aim toward the Georgia Senate. The 50th State Senate office opened following Senator John Wilkinson’s decision to seek the seat vacated by Collins.

Click to read: Who is eyeing Collins’ Congressional seat

Gurtler, the 8th District incumbent, has been challenged in the State House race by Stan Gunter. Gurtler was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2016, serving Towns, Rabun, Union, and portions of White counties. As of Wednesday, Gunter stated that he expects Gurtler to remain in the race, “anticipating (Gurtler) to qualify for (District 8) and be in the race in March.”

Gurtler declined an FYNTV.com interview prior to reaching a decision.

The 9th Congressional District consists of Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White and portions of Clarke, Forsyth, and Pickens counties. The 50th Senatorial District includes Habersham, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Banks, Franklin, White, and parts of Hall and Jackson counties.

Continue to follow FYN for political coverage as 2020 election developments occur.

 

Towns County GOP warns “far left” targeting 9th District

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Chairwoman Betsy Young warned Sunday, Oct. 20, of Democratic plans to flip the 9th Congressional District from red to blue in the 2020 election.

“Rural, mountain counties be aware of the ‘play book’ of the far left,” Young cautioned. “They know they have the city votes so they will concentrate on the outer areas, trying to change the minds of the more conservative voters or moderate leaning voters. These communities, like ours, Union, Rabun are targets. The 9th Congressional District is a target so we must prepare.”

Young offered the following tips to conservative voters:

  • Register every Republican to vote.
  • Check to see if you are registered, especially if it was done through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • If registered years ago, make sure your signature has not changed or it can be challenged.
  • Bring friends to the polls who can’t get there on their own.
  • Be an “informed” voter. Know facts, not innuendo.

“I am sure there are other important things and we will remind you as we go forward to 2020,” Young said.

 

9th District Representative Doug Collins

9th District Representative Doug Collins.

Georgia’s 9th Congressional District is located in the northeastern portion of the state and includes Banks, Dawson, Elbert, Fannin, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White counties. Parts of Clarke, Forsyth, and Pickens counties lie within the district.

Georgia’s 9th Congressional District is represented by Republican Doug Collins..

Antwon Stephens

Antwon Stephens, a Democratic candidate in the 9th District Congressional race.

Antwon Stephens, a bisexual Democrat, plans to challenge Collins in 2020. “Stephens, 23, said his deep roots in rural Georgia make him want to run against U.S. House Rep. Doug Collins. He would become — at 25 — the youngest member of the U.S. House ever if he were to win. He would also be Georgia’s first-ever LGBTQ member of the U.S. House,” Project Q Atlanta,  “queer Atlanta’s most-visited destinations for LGBTQ, gay and lesbian news,” reported earlier this year.

“Stephens needs your help to oust radical religious extremist Doug Collins from office and turn Georgia’s 9th Congressional District Blue. Flipping one of America’s reddest districts won’t be easy,” the Democratic challenger’s fundraising website states.

The primary election is scheduled for May 19, 2020. The general election will be held on November 3, 2020. The filing deadline for candidates is March 6, 2020.

In 2016, nearly 80 percent of Towns County’s registered voters cast ballots in the general election.

Towns County Republican Party archives

 

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