Heath Clark wants Republican Party more involved in Georgia's grass roots | News
A 33-year-old political newcomer hopes to unseat veteran state lawmaker Willie Talton in the race for Georgia's House District 147 seat.
Calling himself a conservative Republican who "wants to represent Jesus in the way he goes about things," Heath Clark said Wednesday he got into the race because he believes Georgia's conservative Republican principles are being neglected.
That's especially true, Clark said, when lawmakers deal with financial matters. For example, Clark said when lawmakers get more money than anticipated, they spend it instead of returning it to taxpayers.
Talton, a retired chief deputy in the Houston County Sheriff's office, has held the seat 10 years. If both candidates qualify as expected, they'd meet in the May 20 Republican primary.
"I've met Willie. I like Willie as a person," Clark said. "I think he served the community well as a law enforcement officer. But I disagree with some of the votes he's made."
Clark said he's a software engineer who works for a private contractor that does business with Robins Air Force Base.
He's one of the Houston County Republican Party's vice chairs. He also serves as first vice chair of Georgia's 8th congressional district Republican Party.
District 147 covers parts of Warner Robins and Houston County.