State Rep., businessman with ties to Columbus running for Sec. of State

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Primary races for several offices in Georgia will be decided May 22.

Among those elections, a vote on who will move on as one of two candidates for Secretary of State.

Georgia State Representative Brad Raffensperger is taking a leap into a higher office, officially announcing his candidacy for Sec. of State, to replace the outgoing Brian Kemp as he continues his campaign to become the Peach State's next governor.

Raffensperger, who represents Johns Creek and the 50th District, spoke at the manufacturing plant he owns and operates in Midland. There, he further elaborated on his qualifications for the job.

"I've been in the State House, General Assembly for four years, and I was on city council," he said.  "I'm the only true business person in this race," Raffensperger said.

He also talked about an approach to business in Georgia, knowing the Secretary of State's office handles business licensing in dozens of trades and disciplines.

"I'm a licensed structural engineer, so I understand how important it is for a licensed professional or someone with an occupational license, that they get a responsive answer," Raffensperger said.

He also said he's already hitting the campaign trail hard, traveling from Columbus to Thomasville, Macon, and everywhere in between, to hear these communities' most pressing concerns. For Raffensperger, it boils down to rural and regional growth throughout Georgia.

"It's not healthy to just have growth in one area of the state. We need to have the growth spread out so that everyone participates in Georgia's economic opportunity."

Raffensperger will face competition from several members of his own party, vying for the GOP nomination for Secretary of State.

Among those candidates, is local State Senator Josh McKoon.

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