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Sapp Running as Independent
Friday, 04 April 2014

April 4--  A Vidalia firemen is running as a conservative independent in Georgia House District 156.

In the November general election, 30-year-old Sonny Sapp will face the winner of the May 20th Republican primary election between incumbent Greg Morris and former Navy SEAL Lee Burton.

ImageSapp says he chose to run as an independent because he thinks people are tired on partisan politics.

"Georgia ranks 49th in the nation on an outside party gaining access to a ballot.  Not only do I have to pay my qualifying fee, but I also have to gain a certain amount of signatures of voters in this area who voted in the last presidential election," he points out.

Sapp has to turn in a petition with at least 1,361 signatures to the Secretary of State's office by July 8th to get on the ballot in November.

"That's a hurdle, but it's one I can clear with no problem. I took on that extra step to point out how polarized even Georgia has become and how partisan it has become.  That's not the answer.  We have seen that all over the nation and in Washington.  It is failing.  Just because you disagree with someone doesn't mean you can't work together," he believes.

If elected as a state representative, Sapp says he will use the position to help local leaders attract business and industry jobs to the district.

"I want to see the greatness of what we've done amplified to a larger scale and I will be proactive in doing that," he said. 

He also believes state government can do more with growing revenues to help local governments and school systems.

"I've been serving the community as a firefighter and a substitute teacher and as the years have gone on, I've seen us take a downhill slide as far as economic growth and our education numbers.

"Even though our tax revenue has increased, we're still suffering from recession cuts.

"Lottery numbers are up, but the payouts to HOPE and Pre-K have been running around 25% when they're supposed to be running at 35% and there's really no excuse for it.

"I'm ready to see a change in what the state's responsibility is as far as what it's supposed to do for the public," Sapp said.

Sapp is a 2002 graduate of Toombs County High School and worked in the retail auto supply business before joining the Vidalia Fire Department three years ago.


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