In modern times the focus in the world of American politics is so often on Washington D.C. Our system of government was designed to give the federal government powers that were limited and narrowly defined. The most important governing is done at the state level.
In my home state of Texas, we have an excellent conservative Governor, Greg Abbot. I got to speak with an exciting new conservative leader on the cusp of being another great governor. Hunter Hill, an Army combat veteran, businessman, and state senator, convinced me he has what it takes to make the great state of Georgia a shining beacon of limited government, where free market principles and liberty reign, and the desires government operatives become irrelevant in the face of the needs and desires of the people.
I’m willing to bet he can convince the fine people of Georgia as well.
BW: What experience and education do you feel you bring to the table that makes you qualified to be Governor of Georgia?
HH: Well I’m a West Point graduate and former Army Infantry Officer, having been through Infantry Officer Basic and Ranger School. I have five combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
I then took on the business world and have been successful in real estate and entrepreneur coaching, and teach others to be successful at them as well. I’ve spent the last five years as a state senator. All of this I believe gives me a great breadth of leadership experience. That, combined with a rock solid conservative philosophy will allow me to lead Georgia in implementing a conservative governing agenda.
BW: What unique challenges or issues do you feel Georgia faces that is perhaps not faced by other states?
HH: Well it’s not that Georgia’s issues are any different than any other state: transportation, education, healthcare. These are things that face any state. What is different is how we are going to approach these issues. Instead of having government-centric solutions we’re going to create an environment that will allow the free market to create the best of everything for all the citizens of Georgia.
BW: If elected what would be your legislative priorities?
HH: First we need to work on budget reform and public safety. Then I plan to work to eliminate the state income tax. Georgia has one of the highest state income taxes. I also want to reform our education system using free market competition where the money we invest would follow the child wherever he or she goes to school.
BW: I can tell you as a native Floridian and a transplanted Texan that’s elimination of the state income tax will encourage business to move to Georgia.
HH: Well exactly, and we’re such an ideally located state in so many ways it’s an important roadblock for business to eliminate.
BW: What national issues do you think you can and should influence as Governor of Georgia?
HH: Well quite a few actually. I think the states can set the example for Washington on how to govern responsibly when it comes to issues such as budgets and taxation and more limited government.
Healthcare is another big issue. While much of the money comes from the federal government. Medicaid is administered by the states and we have got to do better. Medicaid patients are the most expensive and the least healthy.
I also think it’s important to support President Trump’s immigration plans and empower state and local law enforcement to work with federal authorities on enforcing immigration law.
BW: Turning to politics for a moment, what challenges do you face in your campaign and how do you plan to overcome them?
HH: I’ve never run for statewide office so I don’t have the name recognition that the state’s lieutenant governor has. That being said, our message is resonating with Republican voters. We’ve won nearly every straw poll from conservative groups in Georgia and we’re second in the polls.
BW: What do you want to tell the voters of Georgia?
HH: I truly believe we can’t reach our full potential, and in fact, I can foresee us sliding backward if we don’t elect real conservative leadership. Islamic terrorism will never bring us down. Ben you and I have both been over there and we know they will never defeat us because we are strong and they are weak. What will hurt us are liberal policies from career politicians that undermine our constitution.
You can learn more about Hunter Hill here.