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GOP leaders say SWGA will not be forgotten

November 6, 2002

Albany-- Republican leaders in South Georgia say the new governor will not forget about Southwest Georgia.

Under Roy Barnes leadership, money has been allocated for several projects here, like Albany State University's Stadium and the Flint River Center. Dougherty County GOP Chairman, Gary Smith, says Sonny Perdue wants to do the right thing for the entire state.

Smith says Perdue campaigned in Southwest Georgia more than Barnes, and is interested in developing the region, "Sonny has said all along he is not beholden to anyone, he is going in with a clean slate, he will do what's best for the entire state. He will not ignore Southwest Georgia, there are a lot of people that worked for him here, we have his ear."

Smith says Perdue supporters developed a strong grassroots campaign that did not get a lot of press. Perdue's war chest was just a fraction of Barnes's, and Smith says that fact made Perdue supporters work even harder to get his message to the public.

Posted at 4:30 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com