Tifton Gazette

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June 24, 2009

Scott plans 1,000-mile 'Walk Around Georgia'

TIFTON — State Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton), who has announced his candidacy for governor, said Wednesday that he is embarking on a 1,000-mile “Walk of Georgia” tour beginning Saturday at Chickamauga in northwest Georgia.

Scott’s walk will take him on foot through the state. His goal is to meet citizens, listen to their concerns and ask for their support, he said.

“My bet is that there are some pretty smart people out there with ideas to help solve some of the state’s problems,” Scott said.

Scott said candidates “talk of listening to the voters of Georgia but never give them a chance to be heard.”

Scott said he will walk three to five hours each morning. The tour will take Scott through 48 counties and dozens of cities and towns in all four corners of the state. He will attend events along the way and urges people to participate by walking alongside him. The walk will take approximately 10 weeks and end on the steps of the state Capitol in downtown Atlanta. He also invites people to follow his progress online by visiting www.WalkingWithAustin.com. A detailed map of the cities on the tour is available there as well as the opportunity to request that Scott stop and speak to groups of citizens along the way. Scott said people can also follow his campaign by visiting www.ScottForGA.com or follow him on his Facebook and Twitter Web pages.

Scott said in the beginning that he hoped to raise $100 from 100 people in all 159 Georgia counties. He said Wednesday that is still his goal and added that with 9.5 million people in the state, if only 10 percent of the population would contribute $10 to the campaign, Georgia would “have a governor who doesn’t owe anybody anything other than a straight answer and a square deal.

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