Former first lady of the United States Rosalynn Carter made a stop in Hinesville on Saturday morning to campaign for her grandson, state Sen. Jason Carter, who is running on the Democratic ticket for governor of Georgia against incumbent Nathan Deal.
Carter spoke to a small group of supporters at the La Quinta Inn on East Oglethorpe Highway in Flemington.
The group was comprised of county and city officials along with Liberty County citizens who came out to listen to Carter tout her grandsons accomplishments as well as his vision for Georgia.
Carter told the enthusiastic group that she hit the campaign trail, leaving her husband, former President Jimmy Carter, in Texas, where the couple had been building homes for Habitat for Humanity.
“I left Jimmy in Dallas, Texas. We were working in Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas. I left him on Wednesday night so I could come back. It’s the first time I’ve left. When I’m out there and Jason is running for governor, I can’t think about hammering. I want to be here. I’m so thankful to have this chance to be in Hinesville,” Carter said.
First Presbyterian Christian Academy senior Michelle Roberts, 17, who met Carter, was thrilled with the experience.
“It was an amazing opportunity. It was amazing to hear her in person saying, ‘This is what we did, this is our goal.’ I’m still trying to process it as I am here. It’s just an experience,” Roberts said.
On Friday, Carter visited Savannah State University to attend an NAACP forum and was heading to Macon later Saturday for more campaign events.