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Decision Day for candidates in House District 129

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - The candidates vying for Georgia House Seat 129 are hot on the campaign trail.  We caught up with Pine Mountain Wellness Center Owner, Steve Earles, in North Columbus shaking hands with voters. 

Despite getting 22 percent of the votes in November, Earles says he's very confident.  "I feel like the momentum has swung our way. We have support from the other candidates that were in the race before and have brought out the issues well," says Earles.

When it comes to the issues, Earles says he and his opponent, Kip Smith's views are distinctly different. "I have maturity, I have experience with college degrees to represent the district of 129 and the people of Muscogee, Troup and Harris County and the issues that are important to them and not special interests and not the road contractors of the Atlanta area," explains Earles.

Frontrunner Kip Smith narrowly made the runoff with 49.5 percent of the vote.  He needed more than 50 percent to be declared the winner.  He says he believes his age and the fact that his father previously held the position, will work in his favor.

"My youth allows us to have a fresh outlook on the future here in the state of Georgia and the direction we're going.  We obviously need to focus on balancing the budget and we got water as a huge issue in our area," says Smith.

Managing partner in a real estate holding firm, Smiths says he is cautiously optimistic.  We want to get the voters back out, we appreciate the support they gave in November and we want to motivate them to get back out there and do it one more time.

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