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.
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.
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 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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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.”
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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.”
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(Dawsonville, GA) – Today, conservative businessman William “Will” S. Wade announced his
campaign to represent District 9 (Dawson, Lumpkin, and Forsyth counties) as a Republican in
the Georgia House of Representatives.
“Today, I am announcing my campaign to represent the people of Dawson, Lumpkin, and
Forsyth counties in the Georgia House of Representatives,” said Wade. “As a life-long resident
of Dawson County, I will fight for our conservative, north Georgia values in the State House.
“I am 100% pro-life, and will stand with Governor Kemp and members of the General Assembly
to support the heartbeat bill and legislation that strengthens protections for the innocent unborn.
“As a long time member of the NRA, I know our Second Amendment rights are under assault,
and I will stand in the gap to protect the constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
“My top legislative priority as your State Representative will always be ensuring Georgia’s
education system serves the needs of the Ninth District. As a family, our commitment to public
education runs deep. Since 2004, I have been honored to serve on the Dawson County Board of
Education as Chair and Vice Chair, and my wife, Jennifer, has devoted her life to educating
Lumpkin County students since 2001. By reducing high-stakes testing, advocating for parents
and teachers, championing local control, and eliminating Common Core, I will always put our
“My private sector career in community banking spans over twenty years serving the people of
the Ninth District. Because of that experience, I know that small businesses are the backbone of
our local economy. I look forward to working with Governor Kemp and members of the General
Assembly to make Georgia the best state in the nation to start, operate, and grow a small
“Finally, if elected, I will never forget the people who send me down to Atlanta every January.
The rural communities we call home are changing, and all too often they go ignored. I will
continue Representative Kevin Tanner’s legacy as a rock-solid conservative fighter for our
community and pick up right where he left off. I will work around the clock to bring good jobs to
the Ninth District, expand access to high-speed internet, lower health care costs, and preserve our
quality of life.
“With your help, we can continue to make our community and state an even better place to live,
work, and raise our families. I am humbly asking for your prayers for Jennifer, the kids, and me
as we begin this journey. I will work hard every day to earn your vote in the May 19 th Republican
William “Will” Wade and his family are active members of Mill Creek Baptist Church in
Lumpkin County where he frequently teaches Sunday School.
Will is currently the Senior Vice President/Market Executive at Southern Bank & Trust where he
has worked since April of 2016.
In June of 2019, Will was honored to be appointed by Governor Brian P. Kemp to serve on the
Georgia Student Finance Commission as the 9 th Congressional District’s representative. In this
role, Will and commission members are tasked with preserving the popular HOPE Scholarship
program, among others.
Current 9 th District Representative Kevin Tanner (R – Dawsonville) announced he would run for
Georgia’s 9 th Congressional District in the 2020 election cycle.
9th Congressional district Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) spoke exclusively to FYNTV on Friday’s edition of Good Morning From the Office. Collins spoke on a multitude of issues, from the executive actions regarding Obamacare, to his personal crusade for adequate internet service and competition in rural Northeast Georgia. However, his remarks regarding tax reform were quite revealing. According to Collins, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) has informed House members that he will keep the House in session, if necessary, throughout the Christmas recess in order to pass tax reform.
The tax question is asked around the 11:00 minute mark of the FULL INTERVIEW below.
BKP: From the House side, will we get tax reform?
Rep. Collins: Yes. I feel very comfortable, in fact, it is the top priority for us in leadership, and the speaker. In fact, the speaker put us on notice yesterday (Thursday) that he would keep us through Christmas or any other holiday to make sure it gets done this year. It was very disturbing to hear some members of the Senate saying “Well, we gotta negotiate, it may be the first of the year” No. It’s time to get behind the American people, time to get behind the President and pass tax reform. It’s way past due.
Union County Republican Party / Union -Towns TEA Party Forum 4/30/2016.
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Lumpkin County Republican Party Forum 4/30/2016.
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In the first video Roger Fitzpatrick announces his candidacy for the U.S. 9th. District Congressional Seat. Fitzpatrick announced earlier that week on a radio program in Gainsville.
Fitzpatrick announced at the January Lanier Tea Party Patriots meeting with about 70 in attendance.
The second video BKP interviews Fitzpatrick during his morning show, Good Morning from the Office.
In the first video Mike Scupin announces his candidacy for the U.S. 9th. District Congressional Seat.
Scupin announced at the January Lanier Tea Party Patriots meeting with about 70 in attendance.
The second video BKP interviews Scupin during his morning show, Good Morning from the Office.