Expressing a love for God, country and the people of Southwest Georgia, Republican Bruce McPherson announced his 2018 bid to run against U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr. for the 2nd Congressional District.
McPherson, who served two tours in Afghanistan and still serves in the Army Reserves, told more than 65 supporters on Wednesday outside the Columbus Government Center that it’s time for a change.
“It has become evident to us that Southwest Georgia is ready for change,” he said. “The 2nd Congressional District is ready for a change.”
McPherson, a native of Buford, Ga., said his love of God, country and people is the foundation of everything he does in life. He described himself as one who is not a career politician but a person on the outside looking in for sometime now. His ideas have come from real-world experiences, which include the front lines of combat in Afghanistan, as a small-business owner working on the family farm, and paying his way through college.
McPherson supports fighting against enemies to keep the country safe, creating an environment for all to thrive, protecting military installations from further downsizing and supporting veterans.
As one who fought enemies overseas, McPherson said the nation’s resolve must be unwavering.
“Their ideology is not going away,” he said. “That is the kind of thing that cannot be dealt with by just diplomacy.”
Politicians should be fighting for the country for today and generations to come, he said.
“I believe politicians should help foster an environment where all Americans can thrive and excel within their communities.”
To help small businesses, McPherson said he supports reducing regulatory burdens that force farmers, small businesses and community banks to close their doors. He also would focus on reforming the country’s tax structure that forces so many jobs to move overseas and market Southwest Georgia to grow industry. He said the 2nd Congressional District is the seventh poorest in the nation.
McPherson, 33, graduated from University of Georgia with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agriculture and business. He completed the ROTC program and was commissioned a second lieutenant. After completing Ranger and Airborne training at Fort Benning, he served two tours in Afghanistan, one with 101st Airbone Division and another with 7th Special Force as a Green Beret team leader. After time in special operations, he was assigned to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning.
He now works in medical sales.
He is married to Stephanie, and they have three children, ages 7 months to 11 years old.