Atlanta / Fulton County / State Capitol
Day 64: 10 miles walked today. This morning began early at the intersection of Windsor Parkway and Roswell Road, near the parking lot of a Caribou Coffee where I met with our Worth County campaign chairman, Kenneth Jarrett, as well as Rufus Montgomery and Michael McNeely of the Black Republican Council. This was the most populated segment of the Walk thus far, but also one of the most straightforward in terms of directions—we walked straight down Roswell Road until it hit Peachtree, and continued south through Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown before taking a left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive for the last few blocks to the Capitol.
It was an easy walk today, despite being the last leg of over 1,060 miles, and being fraught with stoplights, crosswalks, and traffic. It felt almost surreal, to have reached the end of this journey, in good health and with such success for the campaign. As I approached the Capitol, in the company of more than a dozen friends, family, and supporters, and was greeted on the Washington Street steps by even more, I knew without a doubt that this trip had been a success and that this campaign will be as well. By no means did I expect this walk to guarantee victory in and of itself or provide instant statewide name recognition—but it has come a long way toward putting this campaign where it needs to be. I believe it was the right thing to do for this campaign, and I’m thankful to have had the opportunities over the past sixty-four days to be out seeing this State, meeting my fellow citizens, participating in interviews and news stories.
How many times did this walk put my candidacy on the front pages of papers around the State? I’ve honestly lost count. How many great ideas have I come away with that I can use to develop my plan to govern this State? Plenty. That was one thing in particular that I learned: all across this State, from north to south and everywhere in-between, there are people of all walks of life, all races, and all political persuasions who share the same common goal of making this State a better place for their children. I was amazed at the similarity of beliefs of people from such diverse backgrounds. I’m looking forward to putting my platform on paper and knowing that I’m doing something that so many Georgians would approve of—after all, it’s their platform. These are their ideas. I’ve just asked them what they would do if they were Governor for a day. I couldn’t be happier with the result.
I have walked 1,068 miles through Georgia asking my fellow citizens how they would be governed. And because I’ve walked, they can be sure I’ll live up to those promises. I’ve shown them I am the hardest-working candidate in this race and the candidate most willing to earn their trust and respect. That is something that no other candidate in this race can have, and I believe it is exactly what the people of Georgia want to see in their next Governor.
N33 44.961 W84 23.327 1068.31 miles walked. Thank you for your prayers and for your support. God bless.