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16 September 2008

Poythress Begins Courting Democratic Party Insiders For His Gubernatorial Campaign

The campaign to be Georgia's next governor is about two years away, but that's not stopping Democrat David Poythress from soliciting the support of state Democratic Party leaders and insiders.

In a letter sent out to members of the Georgia state Democratic committee, David Poythress, the former commander of the Georgia National Guard, asked for their support and extended an offer to campaign on behalf of Democrats appearing on the ballot in November.

"As a life-long Democrat, I have served you and the people of Georgia as your Secretary of State, Labor Commissioner, and Commander of the National Guard," Poythress wrote in the letter. "My record proves I have the leadership ability, practical business and government experience, and sound judgment to lead Georgia to our shared vision of a brighter future. That is why I am running for Governor, and why I respectfully ask for your support."

"I offer my support to you and and any Democratic candidate who might want my help. I will be glad to sit and strategize with Democratic candidates, and Elizabeth and I will be happy to appear, speak, and cheer at any Democratic event you invite us to!," Poythress continued.

Poythress has also launched a campaign website,, where he outlines his vision for Georgia including "a transportation system that is fast, convenient and not constantly choked on automobile traffic; clean air and water; economic growth and good jobs in all parts of the State; and the lowest taxes and the least governmental interference in our lives as possible."

David Poythress currently is the only announced Democratic candidate for governor in 2010. On the Republican side, state Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine has declared his candidacy while Lt. Governor Casey Cagle has formed an exploratory committee.