The crowded field vying to replace Rep. Paul Broun in Congress will square off tonight in the district’s western corner, with a forum being hosted on the campus of Georgia College.
Hosted by various campus organizations, including College Republicans, Young Democrats, and the Student Government Association, it marks another public hearing for a GOP primary many onlookers say has yet to establish a clear frontrunner.
Just today, Minister Jody Hice netted an endorsement and $5,000 check from Citizens United, which is also supporting Broun in his bid for Senate. Last week saw businessman Mike Collins, also the son of former Rep. Mac Collins, rollout a 250-member sportsmen’s coalition featuring prominent 2nd amendment activists across the district.
State Rep. Donna Sheldon has led the way in fundraising, having raised over $300,000 total and posting $129,254 cash on hand as of her last filing. Collins trailed slightly with $114,816 on hand.
Another candidate in the race, Stephen Simpson, challenged Broun in 2012 and, though handily vanquished, carries boosted name id and local support in the district that’s seen his face for the better part of two years.
Tea Party activist Brian Slowinski and Oglethorpe County attorney Gary Gerrard are also in the mix.