ELLIJAY, Ga – Ninth District Republican candidate Andrew Clyde expressed his enthusiasm to represent Ninth District voters and has begun preparing for the race to November.
Clyde told Brian Pritchard on Good Morning from the Office that he had an “amazing election night” and is feeling “pretty incredible.” He also took a moment to thank everyone who voted for him on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed meeting people from all 20 counties while on the campaign trail.
Throughout 2020, Clyde visited each county in the Ninth District wearing his combat boots from his time in the Navy. He might even wear them on the Congressionally floor if he wins the General Election.
“We had the right message of capabilities and experience for the people of the Ninth District,” said Clyde.
The Clyde campaign had to overcome an approximately $2.2 million attack ad buy dedicated to bringing them down. These ads pervaded radio waves, social media, and other media outlets.
When asked how he and his wife overcame all the negativity, Clyde responded with a “lot of prayer.” They spend every morning with time in prayer and asking for God’s guidance with the campaign.
Since winning the runoff election, Clyde received a seven-minute congratulatory phone call from President Donald Trump. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and Congressmen Jim Jordan, Buddy Carter, Drew Ferguson, Jody Hice sent congratulations as well.
Congratulations to Andrew Clyde on a big win last night against a strong opponent in #GA09! An early supporter of ours, Andrew will be an incredible Congressman for the people of Georgia!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 12, 2020
With 100 percent reporting, Clyde garnered 50,055 votes (56.31%) to Matt Gurtler’s 38,832 votes (43.69%).
The party leader is also “ready to roll” for the November 3 General Election. Clyde added, “It’s important we get every Republican out to vote.”
The Ninth District is the most conservative one in Georgia, but no one should take that fact for granted.
Clyde will face Devin Pandy, who is running as a bipartisan Democrat, in November.
Feature image courtesy of Andre Clyde for Congress.
NORTH GEORGIA – Earlier tonight, Andrew Clyde said, “I’m declaring victory tonight” to a room full of supporters in Commerce, Ga. after he clinched the GOP nomination for the U.S. House of Representatives Ninth District seat.
The night ended fairly early for the gun shop owner and Navy Veteran with the race being called before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, August 11. Clyde won 55.96 percent of the vote with 85 percent reporting. Gurtler received 44.04 percent of the vote. He carried at least 15 of the 20 counties in the Ninth District. Gilmer County was still out at the time this article was published.
President Donald Trump has already called Clyde to congratulate him on winning a hard-fought race.
Now that the runoff is over, Clyde and company will turn their eyes to November. The Republican candidate will face Democrat Devin Pandy, who also won his runoff tonight.
Whoever wins on November 3rd will take Representative Doug Collins (R) seat in the House of Representatives. Collins is currently in a race for Kelly Loeffler’s (R) senate seat.
Clyde will be appearing on FYNTV.com with Brian Pritchard on Thursday at 8.am.
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FYN’s saddened to report the passing of dear friend and longtime Field Representative for Congressman Doug Collins, Bill Kokaly. He moved on to a better world on Friday morning of June 12 after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Kokaly loyally served Collins since the congressman’s first campaign and was instrumental in managing the military academy nominations for Ninth District high school students.
He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service in 1996, and passionately represented Collins’ military constituents whenever they needed assistance. Additionally, he discussed public policy and issues of interest at Ninth District events in order to better understand the citizens.
An outpouring of condolences for Kokaly’s family is taking place across Georgia and the Ninth District. Collins released a statement mourning Kokaly’s passing on June 12:
“Like most people, I have been blessed with childhood friends who have walked with me and my family through every phase of life, constant in a sea of ever-changing tides. However, I believe that God brings other folks into your life at the right time to help you through a season in your life that only that person can fill. This morning one of those people finished his calling.
“It is with a very heart that I have to announce that Bill Kokaly died this morning. Bill has been with me from the beginning of my first campaign for Congress and has been a part of my staff – and more importantly, a part of my family – ever since. His amazing dedication to the work of the 9th District and to his family will never be replaced. He was a man of passion and strength, which is growing rare in these times.
Bill and I both shared a love of, as Bill would put it, our Air Force. The old MSgt never left his service behind. There is one group this morning that will miss Mr. Bill as much as I do, and that is all of the students that he helped get accepted to the service academies. He loved each and every one of those kids and followed their careers just like a proud parent.
To his wife, Gail, and the rest of Bill’s family, we share your pain and hold you close in our prayers. On a personal note, I will miss you, my friend. You taught me so much and I will miss our time together. Your season in my life ended too soon but I am the blessed one to have even had this season with you at all. God bless you, my friend. We will miss you.”
Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston also released a statement of mourning and commemoration of Kokaly:
“I was so sorry to learn of the passing of my friend, Bill Kokaly, this morning. Bill served our Congressman Doug Collins and represented him at countless events and community gatherings in North Georgia.
“A tireless worker and selfless servant, Bill never met a stranger and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. He worked everyday to build up our community and see a better tomorrow for our children and grandchildren.
“I will miss his friendship and his infectious generous spirit. My prayers go out to his bride, Gail, and his family in this difficult time. May he rest in well-deserved peace.”
We at FYN send our prayers, thoughts, and condolences to Kokaly’s wife Gail, and his family. He was a great man who genuinely wanted the best for everyone in the Ninth District, the state of Georgia, and the United States. Kokaly’s lifelong career of service to his country will be remembered and valued by all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
To read people’s memories of Bill Kokaly, please view Congressman Collins’ Facebook page.
Images were taken from Kokaly’s and Collins’ Facebook.