Earnest Smith, David Hopper vie for Georgia House District 125 seat

Name: Earnest Smith, Democrat (incumbent)

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Democratic incumbent Earnest Smith was first elected to state House in 2009.  SPECIAL
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Democratic incumbent Earnest Smith was first elected to state House in 2009.

Age: 59

Family: Wife, Pat; daughter, Marki

Political experience: First elected to state House in 2009; former legislative aide for late Rep. Henry Howard

Education: Martha Schofield High School, Aiken; attended South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, S.C.; Augusta State University, bachelor’s of business administration in marketing, minor in finance

Why are you running for re-election?: “I am running for re-election because we have unfinished business and corporations like to talk to people who have similar skill sets about their bottom-line issues. Policy is the most important aspect of a legislator’s role as a public servant because making policy affects the lives of everyone.”

Name: David Hopper, Republican

Age: 28

Family: Parents, Donna Hopper-Bradley and Larry Bradley

Political experience: None

Education: Butler High School, 2002; Augusta State University

Why are you running for office? “Like most people in my district who want to have a say in their government, I had the opportunity, time and the talent. So instead of sitting on the sidelines, I decided to do something about it.”


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