POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Perdue launches app with 3D message; Kingston endorsements

David Perdue

David Perdue


Jack Kingston

With the last push to the polls in the next week and a half, Republican U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue is trying new ways to reach out to voters.

Not only is the former Dollar General CEO on a statewide tour — planning a stop at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Dominick’s in downtown Lawrenceville — but he launched a new mobile application with a 3-D message to supporters.

“Based on recent independent polling, my message as a political outsider with the right experience is resonating. I’m excited that we have developed a new way to directly engage Georgians who are craving an alternative to the career politicians in this race,” Perdue said when launching the app last week.

The new app is part of Perdue’s broader statewide media campaign, which includes TV and radio ads, online advertising and a five-minute campaign video. App users can watch a 3-D video message from Perdue by hovering their phones over an activation image. The video includes an appearance from the four crying babies featured in the TV ads.

You can find the app through your phone’s app store by searching for “Perdue for Senate.” An activiation image is included in many of Perdue’s campaign materials or can be found at perduesenate.com/3d.

Kingston endorsers include Sheriff Conway, local mayors and


Congressman Jack Kingston is making his own strides in the seven-person GOP race for U.S. Senate.

After announcing the endorsement last week of former Congressman John Linder, Kingston announced 109 public officials in the metro Atlanta area backing his campaign.

Those include a spate of Gwinnett leaders, including Sheriff Butch Conway. (Barrow Sheriff Jud Smith was among a list of sheriffs endorsing Phil Gingrey in the race.)

“I’ve know Jack Kingston for several years and have always been impressed with his ability to get things accomplished for Georgia,” Conway said in a press release. “He has been a strong voice for conservative governance and common-sense in Washington, D.C. and that’s why I’m supporting him for the U.S. Senate.”

State Sen. Fran Millar, the Dunwoody man whose district includes Peachtree Corners, said: “Georgia needs a senator who can help solve the problems our nation faces and not just issue sound bites to please the public. Jack Kingston is a workhorse that we will all be proud to call our senator.”

Among the list of supporters were state Reps. Timothy Barr, David Casas, B.J. Pak, Chuck Efstration, Terry England, Brett Harrell, Josh Clark and former legislator Emory Morsberger; state Sen. Renee Unterman and former Sen. Dan Weber; Gwinnett Commissioner Jace Brooks, Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks, Snellville Councilmen Dave Emanuel, Bobby Howard and Tom Witts and Loganville Councilman Rey Martinez. Gwinnett’s representatives on two state boards — Georgia Board of Regents’ Richard Tucker, Georgia Board of Education Vice-chair Mike Royal — were also on the list.

House forum reminder

This week, the Gwinnett GOP and North Georgia 912 Group will host a forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday for two contested House primaries.

The event features the House District 97 race, where long-time incumbent Brooks Coleman is challenged by Jef Fincher and Dahlys Hamilton, and the House District 98 race, an open seat being vacated by Josh Clark, where Michael Brown and David Hancock are vying for the party nomination. All five candidates have agreed to attend, said party chairwoman Rachel Little.

District 97 encompasses parts of Duluth and Suwanee, while District 98 goes north from there, including part of Suwanee as well as Sugar Hill and Buford. So the forum will be held in northern Gwinnett, at the Marco’s Pizza on the Suwanee Town Green.

Televised debates

Voters can also learn more about the contested primaries from the comfort of their homes.

Today, Georgia Public Broadcasting will air a debate between the Republicans seeking the 10th Congressional seat, which includes much of eastern Gwinnett and Barrow. The debate will tape from 2 to 3 p.m. and will be aired from 5 to 6 p.m.

From 7 to 8 p.m. tonight the final debate of the Republicans seeking the U.S. Senate seat will air live.

On Monday, the Democrats will square off in a debate airing from 7 to 8 p.m. that night, and on Wednesday the GOP gubernatorial candidate debate will air from 7 to 8 p.m.

Next Sunday, the 18th, the candidates running for state school superintendent will square off in separate debates. The Republican debate will air from 6 to 7 p.m., with the Democrats following from 7 to 8 p.m.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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