Candidates make their cases for state House seat

In a rare public appearance together, the three candidates for Georgia House District 127 invoked the church, the military and a late spouse in making their pleas for the House seat left open by the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta.

“In the words of my late husband Quincy Murphy, ‘Happy Tuesday,’ ” said Dianne Murphy, who grew momentarily tearful at the Committee for Good Government podium. “I am the best candidate because I was there with my husband … I know the struggles that we are facing, with education, with employment.”

Murphy, seeking her husband’s post, said she would work to pass legislation that restores all local public school system funding and through a “team effort,” bring more jobs to the district, which includes western Richmond and parts of Jefferson counties.

Retired educator and Baptist minister Diane Evans, a longtime state Democratic party activist from Jeffer­son County, said she would advocate for military members and their families and the elderly. She said she will work with local governments to cope with state and federal mandates.

“Outside Atlanta, I guess we’re all considered rural,” Evans said.

“Let’s sit down and see how we can help local officials.”

Brian Prince, the third Democratic contender for the seat, detailed his background. A graduate of Glenn Hills High School and Fort Valley State University, Prince served his country for 21 years in the Army field artillery and as a signal officer.

Since retiring from the military, Prince said he has served on the boards of the Family Y, Daniel Field Airport, United Way, and Boys and Girls Club.

“That is my goal, to get results,” he said. “Not words, not actions but results.”

A lightly attended Committee for Good Government meeting voted after the speakers for their pick for the House seat. While the committee election has little weight, the group has been known to pick a winner.

The group cast 25 votes for Prince, 13 votes for Murphy and seven for Evans, according to committee president Richard Isdell.

Early voting for the District 127 race begins Monday at the board of elections office.

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