Savage Truth: Republicans eyeing second district

This is a column of opinion and analysis by 13WMAZ's Randall Savage.

Some southwest Georgia Republicans believe the state's already slim Democratic congressional delegation needs more trimming.

So they've set their sights on the second district seat, a position held by U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., an Albany Democrat. Bishop won the office in the 1992 election and has turned back all opponents since then.

According to the 2010 Census, Georgia's population had grown enough in the previous decade to add a congressional district. That would give Georgia 14 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Georgia's Republican-dominated General Assembly drew congressional districts lines that favored Republicans. In the 2012, Republicans won 10 of the 14 districts. The GOP has held that 10-4 advantage since then.

Three of the favorable Democratic districts are in the metro Atlanta area. Bishop's district includes all or part of 29 middle and southwest Georgia counties. 

Although he hasn't formally announced, Bishop is expected to seek re-election. There isn't any announced Democratic opposition, but two Republicans have launched campaigns.They are Bruce McPherson and Herman West Jr.

McPherson is a medical device sales representative in Columbus. Prior to that, he served 10 years as an officer in the U.S. Army. His military duties included two deployments in Afghanistan. He's now a major in the army reserves.

West is pastor of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Sylvester. According to his campaign website, West served in the Marine Corp and was wounded in the battle of Khe Sanh, which lasted 77 days. 

Randall Savage is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and host of 13WMAZ's "Close Up" talk show which airs Saturdays at noon and 6 a.m. Sundays. Follow him on Twitter at @RandallWMAZ.

 

 

 

 

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