Augusta State University student to challenge Earnest Smith for Ga. House seat

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A college student plans to challenge Democratic state Rep. Earnest Smith this election year.

“I do believe that we perhaps need some adjustment to what we’re doing right now,” said David Hopper, a history major at Augusta State Uni­versity.

Hopper, 27, filed a declaration of intent to seek the 122nd House District seat last week. The district reaches from Smith’s home in Olde Town south and west to Hopper’s home near Windsor Spring Road.

Hopper was working as a delivery driver for an Olin Chemical contractor when he broke his leg last year and returned to college, where he determined he had something to offer.

The Butler High School graduate running as a Repub­lican said new strict environmental regulations are costing his neighbors jobs at Olin. He also believes the school system could improve.

“I know we can do better. A lot of students I’ve met don’t think they can succeed,” Hopper said.

He admits he has no political experience, but has a Web site and plans to walk the district door-to-door when the semester ends.

Hopper has no campaign cash but expects to raise the $400 qualifying fee soon. Smith, who ran unopposed in his first two elections, showed a balance of $5,085 in his latest campaign finance report.

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