Cherokee County residents of Georgia House District 21 will have a handful of candidates to pick from this election cycle, with three Republicans facing off in the June 9 primary.
The winner will face the lone Democrat running for the seat in November. Rep. Scot Turner, a Republican, is not seeking reelection to the District 21 seat.
A resident of Holly Springs, Bill Fincher served as an Assistant District Attorney before his retirement, and now has focused on securing the GOP nomination for the house seat.
“I am the best person for this job because of my experience, education and heart for service to my community,” Fincher said. “As we face redistricting and many other challenges, I am a steady hand seeking the best for Cherokee County.”
If elected, Fincher said he wants to fight for wiser uses of taxpayer dollars, as well as obtaining tax relief for homeowners. In addition, he argued that the county has not been receiving its fair share of resources allocated to it by the state government.
Currently the Chief Information Officer for the professional rugby team Rugby ATL, Rajpal Sagoo has also spent time starting up a number of different businesses and has also served as a biological warfare detection soldier with the U.S. Army Reserve.
“It’s easy to say you want to serve, but if you don’t have a deep understanding of the people you live next door to, you cannot hope to serve them in the State House,” Sagoo said. “Having grown up in Cherokee, I benefited from the conservative environment created by our great leaders that served before. I know it is these values that we need to hold onto as Cherokee continues to grow.”
Sagoo said he wants to remove regulations that stand in the way of starting up a small business and create a repository of resources new small businesses could use, allow local issues to be solved locally without state interference, fight to keep state education dollars in Cherokee County and work with local leaders to ensure roads and infrastructure throughout the county are prioritized.
Rounding out the Republican field for House District 21 is Woodstock’s Brad Thomas, who is an owner and partner in a local engineering firm. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Thomas said he believes the best way governments can govern is by electing experts in various fields to work together to form and write policy. And with no engineers in the General Assembly, he feels his expertise and ability to solve problems will be highly effective if elected.
“After seeing politicians at work, it’s become obvious to me, we need more leaders in office who understand what it takes to lead a successful business, not experience in growing government,” Thomas said. “Unlike the government, businesses must survive in a free market economy. Survival requires leaders with vision, adaptability and perseverance. I have all those qualities, combined with an engineering background, providing me with over 20 years of problem solving and analytical experience.”
Although Thomas said he wants to focus on what his constituents want him to take on, one key focus he wants to make a top goal is fixing the issue of the county’s traffic congestion. While new roads can help in this regard, he said it is also important to attract businesses to Cherokee County and promote efforts like work from home programs that will further help keep cars off the road.
Once the dust from the primary has settled and the GOP candidate has been chosen, Democrat candidate William Hughes will be waiting in the general election. A resident of Canton, Hughes works as a control systems engineer and holds a masters degree in engineering from Georgia Tech.
“I have 20 years of experience being presented with complex systems that need fixing, updating or replacing,” Hughes said. “I listen to everyone’s proposed solutions and present my own. I work with the team to determine which is the best, and we adopt that solution. My focus is on solutions, not on my pride or praise from others.”
Hughes said he wants to lead the way to make the General Assembly go from being a spectacle of national party politics and focus on what can be done for the state.