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July 23 – Lt. Gov. Cagle announces $2.7 mil in campaign war chest, and endorsement by 58 Georgia Sheriffs

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

July 23, 2017 – Candidate for Governor, Casey Cagle, announced this week that he has picked up the endorsement of 58 sheriffs from Georgia, as the Republican primary battle is in full swing.  Some of the names are former Sheriffs. Included on the list is Chatham County Sheriff John Wilcher. 

“Since that announcement this morning, we’ve actually earned the support of two more sheriffs, he announced later the same day.

“Thanks to Sheriff Terrell (Habersham County) and Sheriff Pounds (Douglas County) we now have 60 sheriff endorsements. The list is literally growing by the minute,” according to Cagle, who is currently Georgia’s Lt. Governor. 

“I firmly believe that this showing of early support is a direct reflection of our longstanding commitment to the law enforcement community. I have always - and will always - back the badge,” he stated.

Cagle states that he is the “leading conservative Republican for governor,” but he’s facing stiff competition already from Secretary of State Brian Kemp.

Cagle has pledged to cut taxes by $100 million in his first 100 days, deliver a comprehensive 10-year infrastructure plan, and create 500,000 new jobs in the first four years of his administration. He has also made workforce development a top priority, and states that he will “continue to lead on developing a world-class education system in Georgia.”

The announcement of this statewide network of law enforcement leaders follows Cagle’s fundraising haul of $2.7 million in just two months, according to his campaign, and the endorsements of 64 elected officials in Northwest Georgia alone.

“You simply don’t receive such widespread support without being a proven leader,” said Columbia County Sheriff Clay Whittle. “Casey’s unwavering commitment to the law enforcement community is most impressive. In fact, his first stop as a candidate for governor was a visit with our law enforcement officers.”

“The sheriffs are among the most respected and trusted leaders in communities all across our state,” said Cagle. “I am humbled to have the support of these selfless public servants. We are all indebted to the brave men and women that wear the badge and put their lives on the line for us. When I am governor, I will continue to fight tirelessly to support our law enforcement heroes.”

Cagle released the following list of Sheriffs endorsing his candidacy: 

The 58 sheriffs endorsing Cagle’s bid for governor are:

Keith McBrayer, Henry                  

Gary Sisk, Catoosa          

Harry Young, Grady

Frank Reynolds, Cherokee          

Scott Berry, Oconee       

John Wilcher, Chatham

Tim Burkhalter, Floyd    

John Cary Bittick, Monroe           

Bill Hutson, Cobb (fmr.)

Ashley Paulk, Lowndes 

Chris Clinton, Towns      

Randy Dely, Webster

Danny Brannen, Pulaski

R.L. “Butch” Conway, Gwinnett

Mack Mason, Union

James Woodruff, Troup

Gerald Couch, Hall           

Jeff Watson, Taylor

Logan Marshall, McDuffie           

Terry Deese, Peach        

Dane Kirby, Fannin

Mitch Ralston, Gordon 

Roger Garrison, Cherokee (fmr.)

Stacy Jarrard, Lumpkin

Ramsey Bennett, Pierce

Wiley Griffin, Decatur    

Shane Tondee, Schley

Rod Howell, Colquitt      

Bill Hancock, Crisp           

William Price, Early

Chris Steverson, Telfair 

Mike Jolley, Harris           

Steve Cronic, Hall (fmr.)

Noel Brown, Bulloch       

Howard Sills, Putnam    

Donald Craig, Pickens

Randy Shirley, Stephens

Pete Smith, Sumter        

Stephen Jessup, McIntosh

Robert Rodgers, Wilcox

Tyson Stephens, Emanuel           

Darren Mitchum, Twiggs

Butch Reece, Jones        

Neal Walden, White       

Frank Andrews, Rabun (fmr.)

Cullen Talton, Houston 

Neil Warren, Cobb          

John Bowens, Terrell

Brad White, Lamar          

Clay Whittle, Columbia 

Gary Gulledge, Paulding

Stacy Nicholson, Gilmer

Steve Wilson, Walker     

Clark Millsap, Bartow

Ray Cross, Dade

Mike Yeager, Coweta    

Johnny Moats, Polk

Gene Scarbrough, Tift

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