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More candidates qualify in Dougherty County

April 27, 2004

Albany-- Two more Dougherty County Republicans qualify for the July 20th primary. In the past, the Democratic Party controlled most elections in South Georgia. But now, more and more Republican candidates are running for office.

Albany attorney Phil Cannon announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the Georgia House District 151 seat. This will be the first run for elected office for the 38-year-old father of four. "I don't believe in saying I'm something I'm not to obtain a vote. I'm going to stand on what I believe. What my principles are, and let the people decide."

Cannon is the chairman of the Downtown Merchants Association and wants to improve Dougherty County's economic growth. "I am looking to bring business to East Albany. To District 151 in particular. I have a goal to obtain money for small businesses to renovate what is currently there."

Dougherty County G.O.P. Party Chairman Don Cole said they have seen a 40 percent increase in their membership in the last four months. "We want to help President Bush. Wanting to help Governor Perdue. Recognizing that Georgia is a two-party state."

Phil Cannon left after his announcement, driving to Atlanta to fill out the qualifying paperwork.

Democrat Lawrence Roberts is the incumbent representative in the newly configured House District 151, and has qualified to run for re-election. Also qualified in the race, Democrats Manswell Peterson and Freddie Powell Sims.

posted at 6:30PM by dave.miller@walb.com