Hunter Hill, a former Ranger at Fort Benning, returned to Columbus Tuesday to share ideas in his run for governor with the Muscogee County Republican Party.
More than 50 party supporters gathered at the Double Tree Hotel to meet the veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan before becoming a businessman. Hill is among a field of five Republicans in the race, including Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, Secretary of State Brian Kemp, businessman Clay Tippins and State Sen. Michael Williams.
Hill said his campaign focuses on eliminating the income tax and supporting public safety, transportation and education. “We are going to double our investments in transportation in our first term without raising taxes,” he said.
As governor, Hill said he’s tired of the same old politics. “I think we need true conservative leadership to move our state to its full potential,” he said.
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Hill said he believes the core elements of government such as public safety, transportation and education have been underfunded over the last 30 years by weak politicians.
With needs in transportation, Hill said people want to feel the results coming from their taxes. “They want the road projects they have been hearing about for so many years,” he said. “The transportation solutions have to be dealt with.”
In his travels throughout the state, Hill said people want to reform education and have options on how resources are spent for education. “Those are things I’m hearing,” he said.
When asked about the challengers in his campaign, Hill said he is going against institutional liberalism.
“It’s been this way for the last 80 years. It continues to grow,” he said. “I want to change that paradigm. It’s going to be a lot of work. “
Hill referred to Columbus as his second home after living in the Reese Road area while serving at Fort Benning.
In addition to Hill, Shane Mobley of Macon stopped by the hotel to meet Republican supporters. He is a candidate for insurance commissioner.