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Secretary of State visits Valdosta: Kemp talks business deregulation, rural internet, sanctuary cities

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Article originally published on Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he and the President share a large commonality, namely they both are focused on fighting for the “everyday Georgians” who have felt largely forgotten by politicians in recent years.

“I think (Donald Trump) struck a chord with working Georgians and with small business people that are literally … just fed up with government. They are ready for somebody to fight for them. I’m going to … be leading that fight,” Kemp said Tuesday when he stopped by Valdosta as part of a whirlwind tour of southwest Georgia, the latest move in his campaign for governor.

Kemp’s “fight” as governor would include ending over-regulation for small businesses, he said. Kemp himself has been a small business owner for 30 years, and he wants to eliminate government red tape that he said hampers healthy competition and harms economic development across the state.

“That’s not saying we don’t need to regulate. We certainly need to. We just don’t need to over-regulate and create more hurdles, especially for working Georgians,” said Kemp, who served four years as a state senator before becoming secretary of state seven years ago.

Another large part of his gubernatorial vision is bringing more opportunities to rural Georgia, specifically through increased Internet access. And not just any type of Internet, Kemp said.

He wants to give rural Georgia the best and fastest Internet.

“If we’re going to do this, we need to go big, we need to go bold. (Internet) is the next interstate, if you will. It’s the next rail line,” Kemp said.

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