Gubernatorial candidate Kemp to speak in St Marys Saturday
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who is running for governor in 2018, will visit St. Marys on Saturday for a breakfast meeting.
The Camden County Republican Party is inviting the public to meet Kemp at 9 a.m. at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 101-C Industrial Drive. Breakfast can be purchased for $7 per person and the proceeds will benefit the Camden County Wee Read Program.
A GOP organizer, Dr. James Burnham, said they are excited to have someone of Kemp’s stature speak at their breakfast.
“We don’t often get statewide elected officials,” he said. “I am hoping we have a big crowd.”
Kemp visited Camden County just before the November 2016 election prior to declaring his candidacy for the state’s top executive. During that visit, he spoke about the online security of the state and nation’s voting system, a topic that now dominates national headlines.
Kemp is expected to be challenged by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who, Burnham noted, also has spoken at Camden County Republican events in the past.
Others have speculated that Jack Kingston, former District 1 congressman from Savannah, could also make a run for the Georgia governor’s seat, but Kingston has yet to confirm that.
According to Kemp’s campaign website, his priorities are making Georgia No. 1 for small business, reforming state government to eliminate waste and cap spending and strengthening rural Georgia along with the rest of the state. He also says he will “put Georgia first” by defunding sanctuary cities and campuses, eliminating taxpayer subsidies for illegal immigrants, protecting “our Georgia values” and putting the needs of working citizens before special interests.
Kemp has served as secretary of state since 2010, having served in the state senate between 2002 and 2004.
The secretary of state office registers voters and runs elections in Georgia, tracks annual corporate filings, grants professional licenses, governs and regulates fundraising and charitable entities in the state and oversees the state securities market.
“Kemp has implemented many government solutions while in office. He has streamlined the corporate registration process and improved the office’s communication with Georgia businesses. He has introduced online voter registration,” said a written release from the Camden County GOP.
Breakfast at the event includes eggs, sausage, bacon, grits, hash browns, biscuits and gravy.
Reservations should be made by calling and leaving your name at (912) 882-4377 or emailing your name to JBurnham1@tds.net.