POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Shiloh HS grad files to run for governor

Clay Tippins

A businessman and former Navy SEAL and ex-Shiloh High School swimming standout is joining the growing crowd of Republicans who are planning to run for governor.

Clay Tippins filed paperwork last week to run for governor, where he will face a field that already includes Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, state Sen. Michael Williams, former Sen. Hunter Hill and former Norcross High School teacher Marc Alan Urbach.

“Politicians talk about cutting taxes, fixing schools, improving health care, creating jobs, building roads and protecting freedom - but where are the results,” Tippins said on his campaign website, claytippins.com. “I’ve never run for office before but I want to be your Governor because Georgia politics needs some positive disruption.

“I’m angry that cronyism and identity politics have broken America and are endangering Georgia, and I want to do my part to fix it.”

While Tippins was at Shiloh, he was an All-American and national champion swimmer. He also won a gold medal in swimming at the 1991 Pan American Games and was a member of three national championship swimming teams at Stanford University.

He became the executive vice-president of Capgemini’s North American high tech, entertainment telecommunications unit in 2014.

After he graduated from Stanford, Tippins joined the Navy, where he became a SEAL before going into the private sector in 2000. His campaign website shows he served as SEAL reservist from 2010-2016.

Woodall, Ferguson meet to Gwinnett chamber to discuss transportation

U.S. Reps. Rob Woodall and Drew Ferguson, both R-Ga., met with officials from the Gwinnett Chamber and the Georgia Transportation Alliance on Monday for a roundtable discussion on transportation priorities in Georgia.

Woodall’s office said the discussion touched on a variety of topics, including public transportation in the region, making sure the Highway Trust Fund has long-term solvency and putting protections in place for water resources.

“When we talk in Washington about the importance of keeping both dollars and decision-making at the local level, our voice is made stronger by the fact that we have proven success here at home – and that’s because of people like those in this room,” Woodall said in a statement.

“From Gwinnett County Commission Chairwoman Nash, to those leading the robust partnership at the Georgia Transportation Alliance, to our local business community, there is a credibility in our part of the world that makes those in Washington on both sides of the aisle pay attention.”


• State Rep. Scott Hilton will hold a fall festival re-election campaign fundraiser from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Fields Club at Riverside, 4500 Missendell Lane, Peachtree Corners. The event is expected to include bounce houses, DJs, and food trucks. It is also scheduled to include several special guests, including Speaker of the House David Ralston. Checks should be made payable to Committee to Elect Scott Hilton, and contribution levels include $100, $250, $500, $1,000 and $2,600.

• Matt Reeves will host fundraiser for his campaign in the state Senate District 48 race from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Sept. 28, at the Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive in Johns Creek.

• State Rep. Buzz Brockway will hold a fundraiser for campaign to become secretary of state on Oct. 4 at Arena Tavern, 2000 Satellite Blvd. in Duluth. The event will last from 5-7 p.m.

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

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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