By: Jordan Head, Marketing and Public Relations Manager at GIADA
“Am I the luckiest guy in the world?” These were Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle’s opening words about his family at the third stop of his campaign for governor at the Gainesville Civic Center. This statement set the tone for what was an emotional night for the lieutenant governor.
On Sunday, March 11, Casey Cagle took the Cagle Country Tour to his backyard in Gainesville, GA to deliver a 16-minute speech. He spoke about matters such as education, infrastructure, workforce, business and poverty to a crowd of hundreds of supporters, some of who were GIADA board members.
Billy Graham, Region II Vice President of NIADA and former President of GIADA, was one of many board members in attendance. He expressed that he believes Cagle’s humble upbringings will take him a long way as Georgia’s next governor.
“He wasn’t born with much,” said Graham. “His dad died when he was three years old and he was raised by his mom in a single-parent household. He was taught great principles and I know he’ll carry them as governor. He has heart and a great work ethic.
“Casey doesn’t believe everyone belongs in the same mold,” he continued. “He thinks we should be doing more for young people like supporting technical schools. He doesn’t like cookie cutter solutions and he has a broad mind. Casey’s pro-business for the state and I think he’ll work hard to continue to make Georgia one of the premiere places for job and business opportunity.”
Lee Cavender, long-time car dealer and owner of Cavender Auto, was also present at the rally. He expressed that he was very much impressed by Cagle’s speech and his plans for the future. He said the lieutenant governor has a great long-term vision for the state that’s strong on jobs and businesses.
“Casey’s for the growth of the state,” said Cavender. “He has a vision for helping young people get good, paying jobs. One point I took was how he’s been a part of the state’s turnaround under Gov. Nathan Deal for the last eight years,” Cavender continued. “Georgia’s currently the number one business destination in the country. That doesn’t just happen overnight; it takes leadership to get there.”
Hudson Biondo, long-time used-car dealer at MasterCars Auto Sales, said Cagle has laid down a totally achievable plan. He expressed that Cagle wants to move the state to a place of greater economic prosperity where no one is left behind.
“Casey has a plan to help the state of Georgia grow and prosper,” said Biondo. “One of his most impressive points was how technical schools can make their estate more attractive by providing a world-class work force.”
According to Cagle, making sure Georgia has a world-class work force is one of the state’s greatest tasks. He said he doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all education system. Conversely, he said education has to align with industry needs in order to thrive, grow and penetrate the marketplace.
Cagle hopes to replace Gov. Nathan Deal, who’s finishing his last term in office. He’ll face Brian Kemp, Clay Tippins, Eddie Hayes, Hunter Hill, Marc Urbach and Michael Williams in the Republican Party primary election on May 22, 2018. For more information on Casey Cagle, visit https://ltgov.georgia.gov/.