I would like to share my view of who Sam Thomas is. I have known Sam and his family for over 20 years. Sam and I share a lot of the same beliefs including our love of God and pre-born children.
I lost my husband – my high school sweetheart – to colon cancer in 2016. My loss has taught me many things but most importantly that we aren’t guaranteed tomorrow. It has taught me to live every day to the fullest and if you feel called to do something then do it!!
I truly believe the breakdown we are seeing in our communities and nation is due to the lack of value we are placing on human life. If we don’t value a life before birth then how can we value it afterwards? Let’s teach our children to value one another because God created each of us in his image.
I like that Sam has not only been involved in the pro-life movement but in his local community also. There is more to being pro-life than just protecting life inside the womb; it also requires the education and support of our younger generation. Being the hands and feet of Jesus. Loving them where they are and building them up to be the best they can be. This is how you make changes.
I believe Sam Thomas is answering a call that God has laid upon his heart – a call to lead our county, and to leave it better than he found it for our children and future generations. Sam’s views on the right to life and liberty are needed in our society, and that is why he has my support.
I firmly believe that we live in one of the greatest communities in this state. Some families have lived here since the 1800’s, with no plans to leave. Others have moved into Jackson County in the last 15 years because of our great small town environment. We all have two things in common, we chose this great community, and we don’t want to leave. As our community moves forward, we need a vision for what Jackson County will look like over the next decade. I believe it should be the great people of Jackson County, not government, that will shape this vision.
As I crisscross this county talking to each of you, I see a common vision. The people of Jackson County want jobs, we want our children to have careers here without moving to Cobb or Fulton. But, we don’t want to see our great community swallowed by the monstrous growth down I-85. We have too much economic potential to serve as one giant warehouse for the city of Atlanta. We’ve been told that we must choose between our community, or economic growth. I think that is a false choice. Jackson County is ripe for the type of locally owned, small business growth that has made America the greatest nation on earth.
We need to get government out of the way and allow our economy to grow. As Brian Kemp says, we must take a chainsaw to government regulations and make it easier to start a business. This begins by taking a serious look at licensing requirements in this state. A cosmetologist shouldn’t require 10x the training as an EMT. We also need to stop giving handouts to companies like Windstream and Amazon and open the market to competition. We need real, meaningful tax reform that helps small business and working class families. That’s why I support eliminating the state income tax, as do candidates Hunter Hill and Michael Williams.
We also need to equip our children to succeed. Instead of giving students an option between a 4 year degree or a 2 year trade school, we should encourage students to begin a skills based education in highschool. That’s why I support Casey Cagle’s career academies, which equip students to enter the workforce with marketable skills to succeed.
Economic prosperity is an attainable goal for this county. With reliable broadband internet, a business friendly tax code, and less burdensome regulations this vision can become a reality. I want a Jackson County where our children can find work without moving to Atlanta, and our grandchildren can still enjoy a small town atmosphere. In January of 2019 we will have a new Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, and Insurance Commissioner. Now is the time to chart our path forward. As your representative I will fight to reduce the size and scope of government, so we can make this vision our future.
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Atlanta, GA- On Tuesday, Senator Marty Harbin (R-Newnan) announced his support for Sam Thomas (R-Jefferson), a strong conservative candidate for state house in the 31st district.
Harbin stated “Sam Thomas is a principled conservative and a champion of religious liberty, and I believe he is the right man to represent the 31st district”
Harbin further stated “As a writer and activist, Sam has fought tirelessly for religious freedom. Georgia needs strong conservatives who will stand in the gap to protect life and liberty, and that’s just the type of leadership Sam Thomas will provide.”
Thomas stated “I am humbled and honored to have the support of Senator Marty Harbin, a leader for liberty and an inspiration to conservatives across this state. The people of Jackson County are ready to send reinforcements to fight alongside Senator Harbin for family and freedom, and that’s why I am running.”
Friends of Sam Thomas Committee members: Kevin Love, Eugenia McQueen, Rev. Jesse Mealor, Rev. Jack Lawson, Chris Shirley, Jim McQueen, Jim Herrin, Tim Thomas, Andrew Abbott, Brandon Callahan
In February of 2017 the United Keetoowah band of the Cherokee wrote a letter to Governor Deal expressing their intent to build a casino in the state of Georgia. At the time it was largely dismissed, as the Keetoowah are located in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. They are not recognized in the state of Georgia. Building that casino would require two steps. First, the members of the Keetoowah tribe would need an avenue to be recognized by the state of Georgia. Secondly, they would need to negotiate a deal with the Governor to operate a casino in Georgia. Right now, both of those steps are underway.
Last week, with little fanfare or attention, a bill was introduced that paves the way for the Keetoowah band of the Cherokee to bypass the state constitution. House bill 823 recognizes the North Georgia Cherokee Indians as an official tribe. Based on the language in the bill, members of the United Keetoowah band of the Cherokee would be eligible to join, allowing them to secure recognition in the state of Georgia. Whether intentional or not, this bill is the first step for the Keetoowah band of the Cherokee to bypass our constitution.
Based on federal law passed under Ronald Reagan, the state of Georgia has the ability to block a sovereign tribe from building a casino in our state. We have a casino gambling ban in our constitution, which gives us that authority. Last year the casino industry attempted to legalize casino gambling in the legislature. They even used underhanded tricks, like bringing up the bill in committee with no advanced notice to sneak it through at the last minute. Georgians flooded the legislature with phones calls and emails, and ultimately the bill failed.
Unfortunately, that’s not the end. The casino industry has invested entirely too much money trying to buy politicians, they will not give up that easily. Now they are trying to sneak casinos in through the Indian reservations. I fully support recognizing the North Georgia Cherokee Indian Tribe, but we cannot allow this bill to be a vehicle to secretly usher in casino gambling.
Five different candidates for Governor (2 Democrats and 3 Republicans) have received campaign contributions from the casino gambling lobby. In fact, Stacey Abrams has received more than $17,000. If this bill is passed in its current form, the first step will be complete. The only thing stopping casino gambling at that point will be the next governor. Both Democrats have been paid excessive amounts of money by the casino lobby, and more than half of the Republican candidates have pocketed casino money. I fear they will jump at the opportunity to cut a deal with the casino lobbyists.
Casino gambling robs the HOPE scholarship, it drives drug use and human trafficking, and it puts a great deal of strain on our underpaid law enforcement officers. Everywhere casinos have been tried, they are always followed by the same negative consequences.
For that reason, We believe HB 823 should be amended to ban casino gambling on Indian Reservations. We cannot allow thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to circumvent our constitution. Any attempt to legalize casino gambling should be done in a transparent and open way. Urge your senator and representative to stand firm and require an amendment to HB 823.
Rev Jesse Mealor
Pastor Jack Lawson
Rev Joseph Leach
Pastor Dwayne Carroll
Rev Lamar Long
Rev Scott Lance
Pastor Cory Sexton
As a conservative republican, I don’t believe the government should be picking winners and losers. Our economy should be driven by free market principles, with one of those primary principles being competition. In Jackson County, broadband internet service is an excellent example of government meddling gone wrong. The Obama administration provided millions of dollars of handouts trying to solve our broadband problem. In reality those handouts strengthened Windstream’s monopoly in north Georgia. The government got to pick winners and losers. Windstream was the winner, and we were the losers. As your representative I will look for ways to create an environment where competition thrives. Windstream shouldn’t be your only option.