Republicans have set their sights on a Luthersville-based seat and are aiming for Democratic House Minority Leader Bob Trammell. Trammell won the District 132 seat in the 2014 election and assumed office for the first time on January 12, 2015. In 2017, he was elected Democratic Leader by the Georgia House Democratic Caucus. But this year Republicans are aiming for the seat and are pushing their candidate, retired U.S. Army Capt. David Jenkins.
Trammell says he knows the Republicans are coming after him and says he is aware that special interest groups are putting money behind Jenkins. He calls the effort a “blatant attempt to buy the seat.”
“We don’t have millions of dollars to run this campaign, but we trust the voters to understand the issues and choose the best qualified candidate to represent them,” said Trammell. “My opponent is getting more TV time, more radio time and much more advertisement in general. But we don’t need a million dollars, we only need enough to communicate with the voters.”
While the district spans across three counties, running from LaGrange to Newnan, both candidates live in Meriwether County.
“Our district has changed a great deal over the past few years, and I believe the residents of this district deserve a conservative leader,” said Jenkins. “I believe the people of Meriwether County, as well as the rest of this district, were missing out with the Democratic delegation representing them. I don’t believe the Democrats have been able to take this district where it needs to go.”
Trammell says he will run this campaign as he has all others, and will focus on the issues — including expanding access to health care, fighting for safe and clean water, and education.
“I fought against taking over $1 billion out of the classroom when it was needed most because of the pandemic and other issues,” said Trammell. “And healthcare is a big issue that we must focus on –especially during these times. COVID has touched so many lives — in healthcare, small business and education. I think this is on the mind of all voters.”
“We are proud of our record of fighting for Georgians, and we will continue to do that,” said Trammell. “We will stand against special interest, especially when it comes to safeguarding the values the people of this district and Georgia deserve.”
Trammell, an attorney by profession, is one of the Legislature’s few remaining rural Democrats. But Jenkins feels with the changes taking place in the district, Trammell is no longer the “right fit” for House seat 132.
“I think many people saw him (Trammell) as a Southern Democrat, but his vote on the heartbeat bill outed him,” said Jenkins. “I think his vote on that bill surprised a lot of people.”
Jenkins, whose family has long-time ties to Fayette County, says voters in the district deserve a more conservative candidate. “I think a lot of times Democrats have just won re-election because they had no good alternative. I saw that in this race and that’s why I decided to put myself out there and run. The people of this district deserve a conservative choice.”
Jenkins is a retired U.S. Army Captain, and currently works as an air ambulance helicopter pilot. This is his first run for a political office.
The battle lines have been drawn.