Special to the Journal
Albany – At a press conference to be held Wednesday at 1:00 pm at The Government Center, 222 Pine Avenue Albany, GA 31701, State Representatives Ed Rynders and Jay Powell are set to publicly endorse fellow Republican Rick Allen for Georgia’s Second Congressional District seat. Both Rynders (R-Albany) and Powell (R-Camilla) have issued statements supporting Allen’s campaign.
“Washington has a spending addiction that is costing South Georgia families their jobs,” Representative Rynders stated. “Reckless federal spending is taking food off of our tables and closing our farms and businesses. Our people want jobs, not handouts. Rick Allen is a proven businessman who supports free enterprise and will fight for smaller,
limited government in Washington and that is why he has my enthusiastic support.”
“We have good, hard-working people here in South Georgia that can create jobs if the federal government simply leaves them alone,” Representative Powell stated. “By limiting federal government and ending unnecessary regulations, we can create jobs in South Georgia. Rick Allen is a businessman who supports smaller government and knows what it takes to create jobs. I gladly support Rick’s fight to put Washington back on a leash so Georgia can get back to work.”
GOP candidate Rick Allen responded to the endorsements by Representatives Rynders and Powell, “I appreciate both of these gentlemen for their long-held conservative values and dedication to bringing jobs to this part of the state. They have the courage of their convictions, an indication of their character and honor – and something that is far too rare in today’s political climate. I welcome their endorsements.”
Allen won 42% of the vote in the July 31st GOP Primary and received the full endorsement of fellow Republican candidate Ken DeLoach, who placed third with 26% of the vote. Allen will be in an August 21st GOP Primary run-off which will produce the GOP nominee to oppose Democrat incumbent Sanford Bishop in November. Any registered voter who voted in the July 31st Republican General primary, or who did not vote in either primary on that day, is eligible to vote in the run-off.
Jay Powell represents District 171 which includes parts of Colquitt, Decatur and Mitchell counties. Powell chairs the Appropriations Sub-Committee on Public Safety and also serves on the Governmental Affairs, Judiciary and Ways and Means Committees.
Ed Rynders represents District 152 which includes parts of Colquitt, Dougherty, Lee and Worth counties. Rynders is Chairman of the Appropriations Sub-Committee on General Government, Vice-Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee and serves on the Transportation and Redistricting Committees.