FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County state Sen. Michael Williams is staying tight-lipped about a potential run for governor. However, he is hinting heavily.
“We haven’t made an official announcement of anything and we don’t know when or if it will come,” Williams said. “We are definitely getting a lot of support and a lot of people looking to us to pick up that Trump medal and carry it into the state of Georgia.”
After an article April 27 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution said Williams is “ramping up his own preparations” for the office, Williams took to his social media.
“Georgia definitely needs a conservative businessperson at the helm,” Williams wrote on his Facebook page in response to the article. “(It’s) a lot to consider.”
He has answered many public comments on his stances, including his full support of the Second Amendment and constitutional carry for Georgia. He also said he was the first elected official in Georgia to publically endorse Donald Trump for president.
Williams’ new website, williamsgeorgia.com, currently only has a page for contributions. The website also said, “No more career politicians. No more bureaucrats.”
However when asked if he’s planning to run, Williams said he wants to get past an upcoming election in a neighboring congressional district.
Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel will face off in a June 20 runoff for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District to replace the open seat vacated by Tom Price, now the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary.
“Right now we feel like the main focus should be on securing the 6th District seat for the Republican Party and Karen Handel,” Williams said. “We are trying to do everything we can to make sure she is taken care of and that we win strong for the Republicans in that district.”
Nearly 200,000 voters turned out April 18 for the race that included 18 candidates.
Ossoff received 48 percent of the vote, just short of a majority that would have won him the seat outright.
Handel, the former Georgia Secretary of State, led the 11 other Republicans in the field with 20 percent of votes.
The race gained national attention as Democrat Ossoff was the frontrunner to oust Republicans in a traditionally red district, and many felt it could come as a blow to the Trump Administration in the first major election during his presidency. President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other national political figures have spoken out in support of Handel.