Senate candidate U.S. Rep. Collins to make Cairo stop


CAIRO — U.S. Senate candidate Doug Collins will visit Grady County next month as part of a swing through southwest Georgia.

Collins, one of six Republicans who will face off in a November 3 jungle primary to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated last year by Johnny Isakson, will meet with voters at the new Grady County Republican Party headquarters on August 27. Party chair Jeff Jolly said Collins is expected to arrive at around 10:30 a.m. that day following another event in Thomasville and will speak with attendees for about 45 minutes.

The visit is part of Collins’ campaign’s expected focus on southwest Georgia through the fall.

“They only have so many hours because he’s working in Washington,” Jolly said of Collins, currently a congressman representing Georgia’s 9th District in the U.S. House of Representatives. “When he comes home he has two days and he wants to hit as many towns as he can.”

Collins is expected to address the crowd and possibly answer audience questions.

Jolly encouraged visitors to arrive to the event 10-15 minutes early.

Collins will be the second GOP Senate candidate to visit Cairo since the local Republican Party opened their new Broad Street headquarters in July. Kandiss Taylor, another Republican running in this fall’s jungle primary, swung by Cairo earlier this month to view the new location.

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