Georgia Libertarian special election candidate Taylor Bryant interviewed in the Augusta Chronicle

Johnny Edwards has an article in the Augusta Chronicle about the special election in Georgia:

On Tuesday, Augusta voters will decide which of four candidates will replace Ed Tarver as state senator for District 22, or at least pare the list down to two for a Feb. 2 runoff.

Mr. Tarver was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia by President Obama, and after his Senate confirmation Nov. 5, Gov. Sonny Perdue called a special election so the district might have a senator when the General Assembly session begins Jan. 11.

Whoever wins will serve out the last year of Mr. Tarver’s term and be up for re-election in a July primary and/or a November general election.

On the ballot are Augusta’s former House District 122 representative, Augusta’s former solicitor general, a doctor of music education and a Libertarian.

Given the distractions of the holiday season and the fact that Augusta voters just went through an election and runoff for three Augusta Commission seats, pundits are predicting low turnout Tuesday. Richmond County Board of Elections Executive Director Lynn Bailey forecasts 10 percent to 20 percent, likely on the lower end.

Still, much is at stake in the race to decide who will be one of the two senators in the seven-member Augusta legislative delegation. It will be a freshman in a minority party regardless, and he or she will be charged with defending Augusta appropriations as budget cuts are fought over in Atlanta. The delegation also will likely handle the “home rule” issue of a Municipal Option Sales Tax that would raise the city’s sales tax to 8 cents per dollar to offset property taxes.

To help voters compare the four candidates, The Augusta Chronicle posed questions about these and other issues in writing, and candidates returned their answers via e-mail within a few days.

The responses from Democrats Hardie Davis, Harold V. Jones II and Sandra Suetta Cannon Scott and Libertarian Taylor Bryant are below. Some were edited for clarity and brevity.

Here are the responses from Libertarian Taylor Bryant. See the original article for the responses from the other candidates.

If elected, what are the key things you wish to accomplish in the upcoming legislative session?

I will be the voice of lowering taxes, cutting spending and getting legislation passed to increase personal freedom and political equality, such as the repeal or adjustment of the Jim Crow-era ballot access laws.

You would be a freshman senator in a minority party. How would you overcome this challenge to accomplish these goals?

I share many of the Republicans’ views on fiscal policy, so I have something in common with the majority, yet I feel Democrats will warm to my social policies. I have to work across the aisle, because I am going to be the only Libertarian in Atlanta.

As the state budget continues to be slashed next year, what would you do to protect the city’s interests?

We must focus on vital services, such as infrastructure and our medical center. We must, as a city, figure out ways to save money and reduce spending. Much of this could be handled on a local level if they will take the responsibility to do so. Raising taxes should not be an option.

Should metro Atlanta be prevented from tapping into water supplies from other areas of the state, and if so, how would you work to protect the Savannah River?

Atlanta not having the public works infrastructure should be no worry to Augustans. We have worked hard and spent a mountain of money to make sure we have enough water. Sorry, Atlanta, hands off!

Would you support legislation allowing Augusta voters to decide whether the city should have a Municipal Option Sales Tax, or MOST, raising the sales tax to 8 cents per dollar? Why or why not?

I would only allow a vote on this if it were held at the same time as the general election. These elections held in the middle of summer are designed for low turnout of special interests and cost Richmond County the equal of two teacher salaries. I don’t feel that is fair.

10 thoughts on “Georgia Libertarian special election candidate Taylor Bryant interviewed in the Augusta Chronicle

  1. Robert Milnes

    OK, it is kinda late for the PLAS Experiment to be tried here…but where & when then? I don’t see any movement. In order to have any effect here there would have to be an immediate call for action by both LP & GP. & the candidate would have to get directly involved immediately. & immediate flow of contributions cash for tv & radio ads for GOTV-get out the libertarian AND progressive vote.& an immediate influx of activists to stand outside every polling place possible & explain that in exchange for progressives here voting for a Lib., Libs in Orange County will vote for the Green. EVERYBODY now call for action & get involved in these special elections!

  2. Shane Bruce

    Greetings All,

    Today is the day when we discover if underfunded, understaffed and under supported Libertarian Taylor Bryant can break the 20+ year strangle hold the democrat party of Georgia has had on State Senate seat 22 in Augusta, Georgia. Taylor’s three democrat opponents have raised over $110,000 for this special election, a remarkable number considering the extremely short election cycle of about 30 days between qualifying and the election itself. It is also telling that the republican party of Georgia saw fit to sit this one out as they haven’t made a dent in District 22 for over two decades.

    The big news is that Libertarian Taylor Bryant has a real shot at winning this race. Because there are a total of four candidates running, the likelihood of a clean win is remote. Here in Georgia, a candidate has to win 50% plus one vote in order to avoid a run off. The split in this election will prevent a clear democrat winner and hopefully place Taylor in a run off against whichever democrat garners the most votes.

    So it is a bit late for national involvement in this local Georgia race. If a run off occurs, then things change.

    The readership may be interested to know that a second special election for a second democrat held State Senate seat will be getting underway in District 42 as soon as the current office holder, Senator David Adelman, is confirmed as the next US ambassador to Singapore.

    That race would be a prime opportunity for the Green Party of Georgia to field a candidate for state senate. The Georgia LP has a candidate, Jason Carter has announced his intention to run as a democrat and others are mulling a run as well. There’s still a month or so before Adelman says adios and wings his way to Singapore, and the addition of a Green Party candidate in district 42 would give a distinct flavor to the impending melee.

    In the meantime, visit Taylor’s website, check the Augusta Chronicle this evening for election results and if Taylor does cause a run off, join in the fun!

  3. paulie Post author

    From above name link.

    Yard sign

    Also: “The last minute support worked out and Taylor is running ads on TalkRadio AM 1230 and at WGAC AM 580. He’s got a copy up at YouTube, so for your Viewing Pleasure:”

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