Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler got an endorsement from a high-level state official at his campaign kickoff Thursday night.
Georgia Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle attended a $30-a-plate dinner at Marker 101 in South Bryan for Fowler, who so far is running unopposed in his bid for re-election in November.
Cagle said Fowler had a “big picture viewpoint of what Bryan County, and certainly Richmond Hill, can be.”
“Harold’s a great guy and he’s doing a wonderful job,” said Cagle, who hails from north Georgia and attended Georgia Southern. “We need more elected officials like Harold who are committed to growing communities and creating an environment where you see economic development, see communities continue to grow and you can see kids who when they grow up will have opportunities to stay home rather than go somewhere else in search of work.”
Cagle is a friend of local real estate agent and Bryan County Development Authority Chairman Steve Croy, who is heading Fowler’s campaign for re-election.
Cagle called Fowler a “great friend,” as he introduced him Thursday night.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with the mayor not only in the (Georgia) Muncipal Association, where I’ve seen him rise in leadership, but this is an individual who really believes in building a community that is sustainable for the long term.”
Cagle wasn’t the only one to speak highly of Fowler at the campaign kickoff. One former political foe also had good things to say about the mayor.
Councilman Russ Carpenter, who opposed Fowler’s election four years ago, said he supports Fowler’s bid for re-election.
“I think the mayor has done an excellent job and I am looking forward to working with him the next four years,” said Carpenter, a Richmond Hill native who teaches at Richmond Hill High School.
He said working with Fowler caused the change of heart.
Read more in the June 22 edition of the News.