Richmond Hill real-estate agent and Democrat Amy Tavio made a campaign stop Thursday in downtown Hinesville’s Bradwell Park on as part of her campaign kick-off tour. Tavio is running for Georgia’s 1st Congressional District, a seat that has been held by Republican Jack Kingston for the past 20 years. Kingston is running for the U.S. Senate.
Tavio, a newcomer to politics and a divorced mother of three, said the current political system populated by career politicians no longer works.
“A lot of people are questioning (if) the American dream is even in reach of our young people these days,” Tavio said.
About 15 people came to hear Tavio speak, including Liberty County commissioners Gary Gilliard and Justin Frasier, Hinesville Mayor Pro-Tem Charles Frasier and city-council member David Anderson, and Liberty County NAACP President Hannah Williams-Donegan.
Commissioner Justin Frasier, who also chairs the Young Democrats of Liberty County, credited Tavio with reorganizing Bryan County’s Democratic Party. Williams-Donegan said Tavio is the only congressional candidate, so far, who has reached out to the NAACP. The NAACP president emphasized she cannot endorse Tavio, but thanked her for being open and accessible.
In addition to Tavio, Democrat Leslie Messenger, and Republicans Buddy Carter, Jeff Chapman, Bob Johnson, John McCallum and Darwin Carter are also running.
Tavio campaigned in Richmond Hill and Savannah earlier Thursday, and planned to stop in Brunswick and Waycross after greeting voters in Hinesville.