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Cagle staffing up for July 24 runoff
Shoring up Hall County presence with field office
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Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, right, and his wife, Nita Cagle, laugh at the Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport after exiting the jet that ferried them around Georgia the day before the Tuesday primary. - photo by Nick Bowman

One week past the May 22 Republican governor primary, Casey Cagle has hired new staff and opened a campaign office in Hall County.

Cagle’s campaign announced the new staff in a Tuesday, May 29, announcement.

The lieutenant governor pulled Gainesville native Graham Williams from the private sector to run the Hall County field office, which opened on Tuesday. Cagle’s campaign headquarters is in Atlanta, and the opening of the field office comes after Cagle took just less than 50 percent of the vote in his home county.

Cagle for Georgia has also hired Ryan Williams, who ran Rick Jeffares’ campaign for lieutenant governor, as his deputy campaign manager. He’ll work under Scott Binkley, whom Cagle hired before he officially launched his campaign.

Cagle made several other hires that were announced on Tuesday:

  • Justin Hawkins will work as field director for Cherokee, Forsyth and Gwinnett counties after serving as chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party.
  • Ethan Holliman will be a field director in East Georgia and south metro Atlanta. Holliman is a law student at University of Florida and managed Lee Anderson’s campaign for state Senate.
  • Matthew Bowling, a Cagle intern, has been hired as a field representative.
  • Collins Udekigbo has been hired as a personal aide for Cagle.

Cagle won just less than 40 percent of the vote statewide and is heading into a July 24 runoff against Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who took more than 25 percent of the vote.

Primary runoff

When: July 24

Early voting: July 2-20

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