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Karen Handel for Governor

October 27, 2009

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Momentum Keeps Building for Handel Campaign with New Endorsements

Karen’s campaign continues to pick up support from across the state. Today, the campaign announced 33 new endorsements to join the 28 public officials who have already endorsed Karen’s candidacy.

Bob Young, the former mayor of Augusta, said, “I'm supporting Karen Handel because she understands the real issues Georgians face every day. She has the right experience with local, state and federal government to get the job done. Karen's a proven problem solver and as a former Chamber of Commerce CEO, she knows what it takes to create jobs for our citizens. I'm proud to stand with many local elected officials and leaders throughout Georgia in support of Karen's campaign for Governor.”

Bill Byrne, former Cobb County Commission Chairman, said, “Karen Handel is a public servant with unrivaled integrity. She understands how to run a government and will get things done to improve the lives of Georgians. That’s why I am supporting Karen for Governor and I will work tirelessly on her behalf in Cobb County and throughout Georgia.

The new endorsements include:

Former State Representative Barbara Bunn, Rockdale
State Representative Wendell Willard, Fulton
State Representative Randy Nix, Troup

Roger Boatright, Bacon County Commissioner
Reid Bowman, Henry County Commissioner
Bill Byrne, Former Cobb County Commission Chairman
Tim Fleming, Newton County Commissioner
Ken Hickey, Thomas County Commissioner
Kevin Jackson, Carroll County Commissioner
Randy Stamey, Henry County Commissioner

Mayor Arthur Letchas, City of Alpharetta
Mayor Joe Lockwood, Milton
Mayor Jim Still, Mountain Park
Mayor Jere Wood, Roswell
Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, Snellville
Mayor Don Rehwaldt, Tyrone
Mayor Eric Clarkson, Chamblee
Former Mayor Bob Walker, Dublin
Former Mayor Bob Young, Augusta

D.C. Aiken, Alpharetta City Councilman
David Belle Isle, Alpharetta City Councilman
Tibby DeJulio, Sandy Springs City Councilman
Douglas DeRito, Alpharetta City Councilman
Ivan Figueroa, Johns Creek City Councilman
Dianne Fries, Sandy Springs City Councilwoman
Ashley Jenkins, Sandy Springs Councilwoman
Randall Johnson, Johns Creek City Councilman
Karen Meinzen McEnery, Sandy Springs Councilwoman
John Monson, Alpharetta City Councilman
Lee Morris, former Atlanta City Councilman
Jim Paine, Alpharetta City Councilman
Howard Shook, Atlanta City Councilman
Becky Wynn, Roswell City Councilwoman

“I am both excited and humbled to have the support of so many community leaders,” Karen said. “These are well respected community leaders from all across Georgia and having them pledge their support to my campaigns will have a real and positive impact on our effort.”

Handel Continues Record as Strong Ethics Reformer

Karen Handel again demonstrated that ethical government is a cornerstone of her career in public service. As Fulton County Commission Chair, she implemented the most stringent ethics policy of any county in the state. As Secretary of State, she instituted an ethics policy that made significant changes involving gifts, nepotism, and conflicts of interest.

And yesterday, as Chair of the State Elections Board, she worked with other board members to establish ethics guidelines that will help prevent conflict of interests from arising in the carrying out of election duties.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports, “Competing Republican factions of the State Election Board reached an amiable compromise Monday over a fight over the ethical do's and don'ts of its board members.” To read the full article, follow this link.

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