Two face-off to replace Representative Jay Roberts in District 155

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - Two candidates are campaigning in a special election runoff, each hoping to replace former state Representative Jay Roberts in District 155.

He stepped down to take a job with the DOT.

Clay Pirkle met voters in Tifton tonight, hoping to earn their vote in the District 155 runoff.  The former Darton College educator says education is his top priority.

"Education. 22 percent of all of the population over the age of 25 have neither a high school nor equivalent degree," said Pirkle.

His opponent, former Ocilla Mayor Horace Hudgins, agrees education is fundamental to the region's prosperity.

"Public school system is important because you've got to have education and that will help and promote economic development," said Hudgins.

He also talked about other issues he says he would work on in Atlanta.

"Agriculture is one of the big important issues of our region. Education is important. And jobs," continued Hudgins.

He would like to create more employment opportunities for residents like Rockport Commercial vehicles which he is already working with. Pirkle who spent the majority of his life a resident of the region drove home the importance of schools.

"The education I received in Turner county public schools enabled me to graduate from Georgia tech and with a master's degree at the University of Georgia. And I want our kids to have the same level of education," said Hudgins.

Election day for voters in the 155th district is August 11.

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