The Emanuel County Republican Party held its monthly meeting at the Georgia Sports Arena Monday, October 18, at 6:30 p.m.
President Lisa Parham welcomed members and guests, then introduced the evening’s speaker, Swainsboro mayoral candidate Greg Bennett.
After a few opening remarks, Bennett took questions from the crowd, which was more like a conversation with friends. The questions covered 26 topics that ranged from taxes, crime, unused property, insurance for city workers to working with the development authority and chamber of commerce to help attract new business.
Bennett’s opening remarks focused on what he sees as the most important reason he began his campaign for mayor, fixing the city budget. He outlined the process that he and six other members of the community, from all races, genders ,and job descriptions worked on for six months and found ways to save $2 million off the budget in five to seven years. He emphasized this would take the property taxes in Swainsboro from 19 to around 5 to 7 mills with no one being fired or cutting anyone’s salary.
He spoke for about an hour on the various other questions asked by the gathering and was obviously comfortable in this format. One of the last topics he covered concerned young people. Bennett said he really feels a Boy and Girls Club would benefit the youth in Swainsboro, giving them an outlet and means of keeping them off the streets until their parents or guardians can pick them up as well as having a place for them to go where they could participate with their friends in team sports such as the new ESPORTS phenomenon that is catching on in high schools, including Swainsboro High.
He closed his remarks by thanking the crowd for coming as well as the Republican committee inviting him to speak.
President Parham then asked District Attorney Tripp Fitizner to make a few remarks.
DA Fitzner took the floor and informed the crowd of an event that is called Keeping Our Kids Safe Online would be taking place Wednesday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m. at the Wilcox Auditorium in Metter. Also, a self-defense and concealed carry free talk will be held at the Sudie Fulford Center on East Georgia State College on November 6 at 9 a.m. No RSVP is required for this event.