Doug Collins officially bows out of 2022 election cycle

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GAINESVILLE, Ga – Former Ninth District Congressman Doug Collins (R) announced his intentions to not run in 2022 for either the governor or U.S. Senate.

Collins joined a law firm and started his own radio program following his loss in the 2020 primary for retiring Senator Johnny Isakson’s (R) seat. Raphael Warnock (D) went on to win the seat in the January run-off, but it will be up again in 2022 once the term officially expires.

In an online statement, Collins said, “this is goodbye for now, but probably not forever. I do plan on staying involved in shaping our conservative message to help Republicans win back the House and the Senate and help more strong conservative candidates get elected here in Georgia. I believe that we, as conservatives, must be able to clearly communicate our values and I will help keep that fight going.”

The former Representative served the Ninth District from 2013 to 2021 and became a strong supporter of President Donald Trump (R).

Now that Collin’s out of the race, it opens doors for Georgia Republicans who were possibly waiting in the wings for his decision.

Two Republicans have announced intentions to run against Senator Raphael Warnock: military veterans and businessmen Kelvin King and Latham Saddler. President Donald Trump has encouraged UGA hero Hershel Walker to enter the race.

Many speculate Congressman Buddy Carter (R), and Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr will enter the Senate race.

As for Governor, Brian Kemp’s up for reelection and many expect Stacey Abrams (D) to run again.

After Kemp denied Trump the opportunity to overturn Georgia’s election results, the former President actively pushed Collins to primary the governor. Trump’s vowed to campaign in Georgia and remove the elected officials who didn’t side with him.

So far, former Democrat Vernon Jones (R) has thrown his hat into the gubernatorial primary ring.

Kemp appeared to win some public support back by signing the election integrity act last month, but it’s unclear how many rural GOP voters will fall in line at the ballot box. According to Republican activist Debbie Dooley, 15 local GOPs “passed resolutions to essentially censure” the governor on April 10 and 17.

Kelvin King speaks to why he’s running for U.S. Senate

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ELLIJAY, Ga – Businessman and self-starter Kelvin King took issue with those who called his candidacy for U.S. Senate a Republican strategy.

“I’m not a strategy. I’ve been a Republican for a long time, and I saw an opportunity. I saw a need in our Party to win back this sear and I think I can do it.” King remarked, “I’m not a tool of the Republican Party. No one in the Republican Party said ‘Hey Kelvin, I think you can win because your Black. I think that’s offensive. ”

He does believe he’s the best chance for Republican voters to take back a Senate seat in 2022. Senator Raphael Warnock (D) is up for reelection after winning the January runoff against Kelly Loeffler. Traditionally, Senators serve six years, but the race was for the remaining time in retired Senator Johnny Isakson’s term.

King considers himself a statesman who’s ready to represent Georgia in Washington D.C. if given the opportunity.

King’s a Georgia native who was born in Macon and grew up in Cobb County. He received an appointment to the Air Force Academy and served in the Air Force. Upon returning to Georgia, he began his own construction company out of his home, and now it’s a multimillion-dollar company.

He admitted he didn’t follow politics growing up but tended to vote Democrat until college when he began reading a lot of black history books and other materials. His first Republican vote was for George Bush. Self determination and less government are two ideas that King strongly believes in.

“As long as we have freedom and liberty that means we have the opportunity to succeed or fail on our own,” he stated.

As for cancel culture, King commented that it ultimately hurts innocent bystanders – those not directly involved. He cited MLB’s decision to move the All-Star Game from Cobb County. It resulted in millions lost for local businesses. King added that companies and media need to gather more accurate information before making final decisions. Cancel culture doesn’t unite America; it divides the country on a personal level.

Kelvin King announces campaign for U.S. Senate in Georgia

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Marietta, GA – Today, Kelvin King announced his campaign for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. King, a Georgia native, proud veteran, Republican activist, and successful business owner, had the following to say about his campaign.

“Republicans in our state are at a crossroads. We’ve seen what’s at stake in our country. The Biden Administration is currently wrecking our economy, creating a crisis at our border, and systematically dismantling every bit of the “America First” agenda implemented over the last four years. Career politicians, woke corporations, and the cancel culture are all empowered while our families and small businesses are left to pay the price. As the GOP, we have to decide right now if we are knocked down or knocked out. Personally, I am ready to take back our state and fight for the future of our country!

Many of you across Georgia know my wife, Janelle, and me. I am a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a proud veteran, and the owner of a successful construction company. At the same time, my story includes being born to a teenage mother, raised in a single parent home, and overcoming the challenge of poverty. Statistically speaking, I shouldn’t have made it. I truly am a product of the American dream, which makes me the fiercest defender of freedom, opportunity, and American exceptionalism.

I believe our nation deserves better than President Biden and his weak leadership, just as I believe our state deserves better than Senator Warnock’s divisive far left representation. This election for the U.S. Senate is bigger than you and me. Georgia truly is ground zero for taking back our country. Let’s win for America.”

Kelvin King was born in Macon, GA and raised in Mableton, GA. His mom, Janet, was a teenager when she had Kelvin. His mother, at a young age, had the courage to leave an abusive marriage, becoming a single mother to two children, Kelvin and his younger sister Tameisha. Kelvin spent most of his childhood in a single parent home and they oftentimes struggled to make ends meet. Though he became the man of the family early, his mother and grandmother worked hard to instill in him the values needed to grow into a successful young adult. It was these values he credits with earning him an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy where he was an All-Conference football player.

Kelvin graduated from the Academy and served 5 years in the Air Force as a Contracting Officer. He made the rank of Captain before deciding to leave the military and transition to corporate America. Upon completion of his service, he returned to Georgia to begin building his life as a civilian. He worked in procurement, business development and eventually became the General Manager of an international construction firm where he achieved numerous honors including being named to the Top 20 Under 40 in ENR Magazine and Manager of the Year in his company. After several years in this role, he decided to save enough money to start his own construction firm, Osprey Management. Kelvin’s firm has twice been named the fastest-growing business by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Kelvin is married to Janelle who serves as a panelist and commentator on Fox 5 Atlanta’s “The Georgia Gang.” The two of them have been entrenched in Georgia politics as leading conservative activists and are passionate about spreading the Republican message throughout the minority community. They founded “Speak Georgia”, a 501c3 organization designed to educate and provide resources to the community directly from subject matter experts.

The Kings attend the Church of the Apostles and in their free time enjoy cooking out with friends. Kelvin is also the proud father of a fellow Air Force veteran Christian Ward – GO AIR FORCE!

Kemp, Duncan, and Ralston ask Georgia Republicans to “hold the line”

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Today, Governor Brian P. Kemp, Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan, and House Speaker David Ralston issued the following joint statement regarding the January 5th runoff elections in Georgia.

“The runoff elections on January 5th for two U.S Senate seats and a seat on the Public Service Commission are the most important elections in the history of our great state. In addition to representing Georgia in Washington D.C., Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are all that stand between our country and the road to socialism. They are the firewall against the destruction of the Trump agenda: lower taxes, a rebuilt military, strong foreign policy, pro-family and pro-business deregulation, and the best economy our nation has ever seen.

“The choice before the people of our state could not be clearer. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff both support a radical agenda that would forever change the fabric of our nation. Their own words and actions make it abundantly clear they will do everything in their power to raise taxes, defund the police, lock down our economy, and destroy private health insurance. With complete control of Washington, Warnock and Ossoff will do the bidding of Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. If elected, Warnock and Ossoff will guarantee that New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, and California decide the future of Georgians right here in the Peach State.

Senator Kelly Loeffler campaigning with Congressman-elect Andrew Clyde.

“David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have always put Georgians first. They have lived the American Dream and now fight every day in Washington to ensure that dream is still achievable for Georgians in every corner of our state.

“As the top state for business for the eighth year in a row, conservative Republican leadership has kept our taxes low, passed meaningful healthcare reform, and taken the fight to criminal street gangs and human traffickers. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler have supported those efforts at the state level and fought for the same Georgia values in Washington. Throughout Public Service Commissioner Bubba McDonald’s service to our state, he has been a strong advocate for both Georgia ratepayers and businesses.

“The future of our state and nation is on the ballot January 5th. The stakes could not be higher. Georgia Republicans must unite in service to our country – we must all vote, and make sure our friends and family do the same.

Senator David Perdue campaigning in Union County.

“We must hold the line and send David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler back to the U.S. Senate. We must also protect Georgia’s unparalleled business environment and re-elect Bubba McDonald to the Public Service Commission. It is up to us to reject socialism, win Georgia, and save America.”

Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald is also on the ballot in January.

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