It may be one of the coldest winters on record, but things may be about to heat up in Georgia’s Second Congressional District. At least three, possibly four, candidates are running on the Republican side to challenge Rep. Sanford Bishop.
Mike Keown entered the race early. He currently serves as a state representative and a pastor for the Coolidge Baptist Church. Keown has some political experience, but he is running as the common man citing that he loves to fish, hunt, ride motorcycles and dirt track cars, and has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Mike Keown says on his web site that he has earned a doctorate, but he is not the only candidate to earn a PhD. Rudy Adams received a PhD, too. Adams has a youtube campaign advertisement. Judging from his web site, Adams does not appear to have ever held a political office. He is running as an average citizen. He mentions that he is a member of several civic organizations, but he is not specific as to which ones. He has flown in an aerial application business for farmers, is a master farrier, has worked in law enforcement, and is a Vietnam veteran.
Bobby Brown announced to the Thomasville Times-Enterprise on Dec. 3that he, too, is a candidate for Congress. As I write this, he does not have a web site. Brown lives in the Thomasville area. Brown is a Realtor and has been a longtime Thomas County commissioner.
While it is not exactly clear yet about Lee Ferrell, he may, too, be a candidate for the Republican nomination. Ferrell ran for the seat in the previous election. He is a medically retired from the military and served during the Vietnam era. Ferrell enjoys painting in his spare time. To my knowledge, he (like Rudy Adams) has never served in politics. Ferrell said late last year that he would give up his bid for the nomination due to financial reasons; but as this post is being made, he and Mike Keown are the only two of the four that have registered with the Federal Elections Commission.
So, this could be a very interesting primary on July 20, 2010. Southwest Georgia Patriots is in talks with the Lee County Young Republicans to co-host a debate for the possible candidates. No specifics have been given yet on the day or time, but a debate is definitely needed.
Written by Bill Waller.