The special election to fill the Georgia House District 127 seat has attracted significant campaign cash, with most of it going to former Glenn Hills athletic standout Brian Prince.
Prince, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, has raised nearly four times as much as his nearest competitor, with $34,936 in the five weeks since qualifying began for the seat left open with the August death of Rep. Quincy Murphy, D-Augusta.
A married father of four, Prince received the maximum $1,000 donation from 10 people.
“As a freshman coming in, I’ll do a lot of listening, try to meet people and figure out who the power players are,” Prince, 49, said of the year left in Murphy’s term he’ll serve if he wins the Tuesday election. “I’m coming there to work with everybody, in particular those who are making decisions, who are in power.”
Centralized power is missing from local government, and Prince said he was willing to work at the state level to increase the authority of Augusta’s mayor, whose position is limited by existing laws to that of a spokesman and figurehead.