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11th State Senate race gets closer

August 15, 2002

On Tuesday, eight South Georgia counties will get a chance to vote on the 11th Georgia State Senate seat. Incumbent Senator Harold Ragan and Challenger Murray Campbell will battle for a spot on the November Election ballot.

Senator Harold Ragan of Cairo has spent the last 16 years in the 11th District State Senate Seat. The district includes Early, Miller, Seminole, Decatur, Grady and parts of Mitchell, Colquitt and Thomas Counties.

Senator Ragan says, "I feel like there's much yet to be done." Senator Ragan is running for re-election. He explains, "Working on issues concerning the environment, particularly water. Over the past 10 years, water has been rising to a higher level of problems in negotiations. I've been keenly involved in that."

Challenger Murray Campbell of Camilla says water is why you see his signs in yards. Campbell says, "That was the first issue that brought me into this campaign...water issues and how they effect our economic impact in Southwest Georgia." Campbell, a farmer, is a member of the Southwest Georgia Water Research Task Force and Chairman of the National Peanut Board. He says, "Southwest Georgia should vote for me. It hasn't kept with rest of the state and it's just time for a change."

Senator Ragan says his experience counts. He's the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and Vice President of the Education Committee. He explains, "I have worked and learned how to get things done and my record proves that." Campbell replies, "I'm a freshman candidate, but I think I'm a good challenger...lobbying in Atlanta and Washington. Fairly well qualified beginner."

Senator Ragan and Challenger Campbell will find out Tuesday, who will go against Republican John Bulloch of Thomas County, in the November elections.

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