POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sheldon, Hice happy with 10th District Congressional debate performances

Jody Hice

Jody Hice


Donna Sheldon

Two of the seven GOP candidates in the U.S. House District 10 race declared victory this week in a Walton Republican Party debate.

Donna Sheldon, a former Dacula state legislator, and Jody Hice, a former pastor, both said they were successful in getting their messages across in the event, which was the first official debate in the race.

In a press release, Sheldon’s campaign said she won the debate, driving home the message that “she will go to D.C. to get something done and not to be somebody.”

The former State House GOP Caucus chair talked about her experience in state politics, including working to cut more than $6 billion from the state budget, and dealing with Seonc amendment rights, immigration problems and pro-life issues.

Sheldon reportedly drew applause for “her common sense plan to fix Washington D.C. by implementing term limits, passing a balanced budget amendment and the necessity to protect our borders.”

“Donna was on her A game tonight. She showed a depth of knowledge of the issues that was unmatched on the stage,” said former Walnut Grove Mayor Don Cannon, a Sheldon supporter.

Hice, though, also thanked the more than 100 people who came to the barbecue debate.

His campaign said he proved to voters that “he is the constitutional conservative choice for Congress in Georgia’s 10th district.”

The radio show host spoke about a return to the Constitution and to free market principles to recreate the economy, condemning congressional overreach and saying any decision outside of the 18 responsibilities designated to Congress should be left to the states.

“I have one plan: the Constitution, if we were following this document we wouldn’t have the problems that we’re facing today,” Hice said at the debate.

Other candidates in the race include Mike Collins, Gary Gerrard, Steven Simpson, Mitchell Swan and Brian Slowinski.

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