Georgia Governor Sonny Purdue will visit Thomson for the second time in nearly a year. He flew into the Thomson-McDuffie County airport on July 31, 2005, but his visit on August 23 of this year will have a little bit of a different focus.
Last year Gov. Purdue played host to a "Saturday with Sonny" where locals could air their concerns directly to him. In addition to that, members of the Clarks Hill Partnership presented their plan for regional cooperation.
This year's visit will be aimed at drumming up support for Gov. Purdue's reelection bid where he will face Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor.
Gov. Purdue will play host to a meet and greet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the old box factory on Black Street.
"It's open to the general public. Anyone is invited to come," said Derrick Dickey, Gov. Purdue's campaign spokesperson.
According to Mr. Dickey, everyone in McDuffie, Warren, Glascock, Wilkes, Jefferson and Lincoln counties is invited to the rally. He said Gov. Purdue will address the crowd at the event as well.
Local Republicans also assisted in coordinating the event. County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton and Thomson City Councilman Mike Carrington were the campaign's contacts in McDuffie County.
Mr. Carrington said that U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood of Georgia's ninth district should also be in attendance along with state Sen. Jim Whitehead.