Republican Gubernatorial Candidates Meet in Milledgeville

Campaign signs line Montgomery Street on the campus of Georgia College in Milledgeville.
Campaign signs line Montgomery Street on the campus of Georgia College in Milledgeville.

Roughly three hundred people packed an auditorium on the Georgia College campus to hear candidates seeking the Republican nomination for Governor.

Although the primary is seven months away, the sea of white Casey Cagle t-shirts, red Brian Kemp embroidered polos and blue Hunter Hill stickers let you know this election season is kicking into high gear.

Five of six announced candidates spent an hour responding to questions about sanctuary cities, medical marijuana and funding for public education. But it was the candidates’ remarks on rural healthcare that resonated most with the audience.

Wilcox County resident Malik Grace:

"Rural Georgians are suffering from these detrimental effects of hospitals not having enough primary care providers, not having enough pediatricians for our children. These are the people in need in this state right now."

Although Malik’s candidate, Brian Kemp, received enthusiastic applause saying he wants to connect rural Georgians to doctors via expanded access to hi-speed internet, Casey Cagle won the most votes in a straw poll after the event.