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Thoughts on the Cherokee County Republican Party HD21 Debate

A reaction from Scot Turner following the candidate debate for Georgia House District 21 that was hosted by the Cherokee County Republican Party.

I am so humbled by the feedback I received following the debate. By the time I left, I was able to speak with a great number of the attendees of the debate, and everyone with whom I spoke indicated to me that they believed the debate was a win for my campaign.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Over the last few months, Cherokee County has not seen the possibility of working together toward our common benefit, in large part because of the polarizing effect of one-sided and exclusive rhetoric. It is my hope that now my neighbors, fellow constituents, and fellow residents of Cherokee County who attended last night’s debate can see that we, as conservatives, can lean on our Party platform can unite us in ways we’d forgotten.

And that’s what I've been saying all along. When I began in January, certain members of our Legislative delegation were content to leave our community polarized on the issues. I am unwilling to do that to my neighbors. As a result of a great deal of hard work and hard conversations, we've built bridges between assumedly opposing perspectives, rediscovering that supporting the wonderful and hard work of our teachers in the CCSD does not preclude supporting the CCA, their fantastic work, and the admirable efforts of everyone involved in other methods of educating our children.

And that’s just one circumstance in one issue that has been positively impacted by our Community working together and engaging in dialogue on what’s important. That’s what I want.

Certain political players have changed their perspective on the T-SPLOST, and I will continue to push for an opt-out clause from the TIA for Counties which vote it down in July. As your Representative, I will fight for local control and accountability from the Gold Dome. As your Representative, I will absolutely oppose the harmful and unconstitutional idea of regional governing bodies within our state that have no elected accountability to the citizens of Georgia.

In all, I am humbled that my neighbors, fellow constituents, and fellow residents of Cherokee County called last night a win for the campaign.

Respectfully, I think it was a profound win for our Community.

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