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February7,2018 / Reporter Page 7A GOVERNOR sex trafficking, stop ille- the company and man- Continued [rom 1A gal aliens, support the aged its consulting busi- right to bear arms and to ness for the eastern U.S. allow access to cannabis Even as his business children, Tippins is run- oil for medical problems, career blossomed, Clay ning as the candidate for Tippins certainly brings remained with the SEAL the future. Tippins said to the race an impres-Team Reserves and that state g9vernment sive biography. He wasin 2015 was deployed "My opponents have 50 years of combined politi- cal experience. Our chal- lenges and opportunities will take more than sta- tus-quo politician experi- ence. If that's what [the voters] want, they can have it. But if they want higher level of urgency, a whatever-it-takes men- tality, I'm that guy." Tippins said he actu- ally thinks current Gov. Nathan Deal has done "a fantastic job", leaving the state with a strong bal- ance sheet. But he said Georgia now faces a tran- sition point, where the state needs to do some things differently to keep pace. While Georgians don't seem to be paying much attention to the race yet, Tippins can already count of the support of some of his Juliette neighbors. Former store owner Marvin Bowdoin has already rounded up local supporters for Tippins, as has [Pippins' neighbor in Juliette, Ben Hinson, owner of Mid- Georgia Ambulance. Clay and his wife Lori and their two chil- dren Henley and Clay ' fip" Jr. live in Atlanta when they're not at their Juliette farm on the Jones County side of the Dcmulgee River. They are members of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. In his spare time, Clay enjoys hunting, fishing, spend- ing time with his family and riding his tractor on the farm in Juliette. Candidate for governor ClayTippins shown with his wife Lori and their two children Henley and Clay"T,p"Jr. at their Juliette farm on the Ocmulgee River. hasn't changed much in 50 years even as society and technology have changed tremendously. "I want Georgia to become a 21st century state," said Tippins. Tippins said he ; ants to accelerate investments in the Savannah port to spring it ahead of com- petitors in Charleston and Jacksonville to make it a hub for trade and jobs. To help those goods coming into the port get to the Atlanta area, Tippins proposes an outer bypass to relieve traffic, and proposes a consumption tax and/or per-trip fees to pay for it. On education, Tippins proposes diverting more money into second and third-grade classrooms, noting that you can pre- dict how many prison beds you'll need in 15 years by how many third graders cannot read on grade level, He said the state can find money for that, in part, by not replacing 15,000 state workers scheduled to retire by 2020. Another way to save state money, said Tippins, is to crackdown on dis- ability claims. Tipp'.ms notes that 20 counties in Georgia have three times the state average on dis- ability. "Some of that is fraudu- lent and we need to make sure people aren't taking advantage of them," said Tippins. Others Tippins' posi- tions: He pledges to fight a national champion to Iraq where he was swimmer both at Shiloh decorated for his efforts High School in Gwinnett in counter-ISIS strike County and later for operations. Stanford University With a Type A, get-it- before joining the Navy done personality, Tippins SEAL Reserves, rising to concedes he's not sure the rank of Lieutenant he's suited for politics. Commander. But he said with rapid Following his SEAL changes in society and in service, he worked for Georgia, he feels that he several Silicon Valley is uniquely suited for the high tech companies task of leadership at this before returning to time. Georgia, eventually "I wouldn't have working for Capgemini, a jumped in this race if I world-renowned interna- didn't think I was the tional business consult- best candidate for the ing firm. Tippins rose in future," said Tippins. JTHE DATE NIGHT Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 7p,m,-9p,m, $10 per person > Entertainment by AJ the DJ > Light Refreshments > Door Prizes > Souvenir T-Shirts & Photographs Available for Purchase Tickets can be purchased at United Bank, Forsyth & Bolingbroke Branches, Monroe County Tag Office & CoTique Hubbard Elementary School. Hwy 83S, F0rsyth I Hey, y'all! It's a new year, and we're so grateful for our wonderful employees who have helped make our first year so successful! Over the next few weeks, we will be shining the spotlight on our FitCo Family. First up is Rikki Johnson. Rikki is our morning Dynamo, packing tons of energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement into her early morning HIlT classes, her midweek Powerflex, her Saturday morning classes and her personal training. Please keep reading to find out more about Rikki. Thank you, Owners Daniel Stickler & Stacy Bryant! Hi! My name is Rikki Johnson and I am a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer at FitCo Health Club. l am happily married to the love of my life Scott Johnson and together we have four children ages 23-12 yrs and three grandchildren (insert huge smile with big heart filled eyes they are my JOY). We are a family thai is proud to call Forsyth our home! In my early 20's at 4:45AM my sister (Becki) plucked me from my slumber 5 days a week to accompany her to the gym. It was my sister who laid the foundation for what would not only become my career path of Physical Education, but more importantly MY PASSION!!! I knew I wanted to do for other people what Becki had done for me. I wanted to give the same loving (but firm, Iol) encour- agement, motivationand support to help others reach their goals or DISCOVER a goal they didn't evenknow they had!l wanted to help people realize they ARE strong, they CANpush through, they CAN overcome obstacles and they CAN DO HARD THINGS!l! I received my first Fitness Certification through AFAA (Group Fitness) in 1999 Since then I have added" ACE Personal Trainer Certification Fitour Pilates Certification Mat Science Certification AFFA Step AFFA Kickboxing Certification AFFA Hi-Lo Certification Certification I am also AFIEA educated in Exercise Design for Seniors and Barre Application, as well as Music Essentials for Group Exercise. I truly love p eople I am a "people person" and NOTHING makes my heart happier than leaving people in better . condition than what I found them in! I would LOVE to get'to know you and have you join me at FitCo Group Fitness! *Check out our website at, or give a call at 478-993-2202 to find out more about the classes Rikki teaches. Also follow us on FACEBOOK. m ,)