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Friends campaign for House Seat 173

October 28, 2004

Thomasville - If you didn't know better, you might think Mike Keown and Gary Cooper were campaigning for each another. "I'm not going to say anything negative about my opponent," says Keown. Gary Cooper says, "We're both professing Christians and we know that you shouldn't criticize your brother and Mike's not doing that to me and I'm not doing that to him."

The two men consider themselves friends, not foes, but that doesn't mean they don't have their differences. "Mike and I, he's republican and I'm democrat and you've got to realize there's always a difference there," says Cooper.

Keown, is a preacher, Cooper, a bail bondsman. Now they want to take their experience of working with sinners to Atlanta. They hope change South Georgia for the better, and Keown says he'll be able to reach across party lines to make those changes. "However the house turns out," says Keown, "whether it's a democrat controlled house, as it is now, or it becomes a Republican controlled house, I'll be able to make a difference for Thomas and Grady counties."

And Cooper says his experience as a business owner has prepared him for office, but regardless of who wins, he knows one thing for sure. He says, "It's kind of nice having friends running for office against one another and no matter who wins," adds Cooper, "I believe that we'll still respect the other."

And if you don't know who to vote for, Keown suggests you pray. He says, "I think anytime you're not sure of what you're going to do, especially when you're making big decisions, or any decisions at all, it's good to pray, I mean, prayer is probably one of the greatest untapped resources in the world." An untapped resource that could put one of these men in office.

District 173 covers Thomas and Grady Counties.

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