Gov. Deal endorses in State Senate race

Governor Deal has just made his preferred candidate known in the crowded race to replace former State Senator Judson Hill.

On Tuesday, Gus Makris- senior tax counsel at Turner Broadcasting- announced that he snagged the support of the state’s top Republican.

“Gus Makris is the Republican Leader and Conservative Reformer that Senate District 32 deserves,” Governor Deal said in a release. “His desire to use conservative principles in order to reduce poverty, improve our schools, reduce traffic, and improve pay for our state public safety employees is exactly what we need. His thoughtfulness in the State Senate will be appreciated.”

Makris said that he is the only candidate in the race who has emphasized issues close to Deal’s heart, like reforming the state education budget or addressing traffic issues.

“Governor Deal’s endorsement is an honor, and I think a recognition of how our ideas will help this district and the State of Georgia,” Makris said. “Under Governor Deal’s leadership, we became the #1 State in which to do business, we reformed our criminal justice system, and created a thriving film industry that adds billions to our State economy.”

“I have knocked on thousands of doors across this district, and the message is largely the same,” he added. “Voters want a conservative and capable State Senator who will actually listen and represent them. I am proud to have Governor Deal’s endorsement, just like I am proud to have the personal endorsement of thousands of voters across State Senate District 32.”

This is not the first time a high-profile elected official has stepped forward for Makris. In March, Senator Johnny Isakson was the “specially invited guest” at a reception honoring the GOP candidate.

There are a total of five Republicans and three Democrats in the race for SD 32.

Senate District 32 covers much of East Cobb County and parts of Fulton. The special election will take place on April 18.