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Senator Eric Johnson Brings Campaign To Lyons
Tuesday, 30 June 2009

June 30--Republican gubernatorial candidate, Senator Eric Johnson of Savannah, met with community members Tuesday to raise money and discuss his pursuit of the governor's office in 2010.

 Johnson says his vision centers around bettering the job market and economy of the state.

"Georgia can do a better job to help people deal with the situation. Whether it's job training, helping entrepreneurs start new businesses, venture capital, incubators, or using the technical colleges to help retrain people. That's the direction I want to go, I think the 21st economy is going to require that, people need to be more flexible. The old days of people spending 20 or 30 years in a career and retirement are gone. We need to be able to make Georgia workers be able to move around and realize their dreams," says Johnson.

Early polling shows Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine ahead on the Republican side of the race. And although Senator Johnson has looked at the poll, he says it is too early for these numbers to worry him.

"Early polling is name id, do you recognize their name. Commissioner Oxendine is the Commissioner of Insurance, and he has been on the state ballot 4 times. Another candidate is the Secretary of State, been on the state-wide ballot before. I represent only a part of the state in the senate. There's 13 months to the primary. A year before the presidential election, no one had heard of Barack Obama. Hilary Clinton and Ruddy Giuliani were the two leaders. This [the poll] is nothing but name id, and money, networking, and campaigning get people to know you. We're not worried," explains Johnson.

Perhaps Senator Johnson's biggest advantage is his experience of 17 years in the legislature. He believes his familiarity with the state government would greatly impact his ability to get things done in a timely manner in the General Assembly.

"Georgia faces some serious issues--water, traffic, economy, jobs, and education. And being able to know how to get things through this session and how to write a budget is crucial for the next governor to be able to hit the ground running," says Johnson.

Senator Johnson's fundraiser was held at Elements in Lyons and hosted by his colleague in the state senate, Senator Tommie Williams of Lyons.

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