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Speaker hits stump for Purcell, Burns
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State Rep. Ann Purcell, left, talks with state Speaker of the House David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), who visited Effingham County on Thursday morning to stump for Purcell. Ralston also made a campaign visit for state Rep. Jon Burns in his re-election bid Wednesday evening. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue
State Speaker of the House David Ralston told a roomful of supporters Thursday morning how important he considers Ann Purcell to be to the General Assembly.
Ralston, a Republican from Blue Ridge, traveled several hours south to campaign on behalf of Rep. Purcell (R-Rincon) and fellow Effingham-based state representative Jon Burns.
“I really need, and you really need, Ann Purcell to come back to the House of Representatives,” Ralston told a crowd at Baibry’s. “I don’t know of anybody who loves their community and speaks up for the community like Ann Purcell does. I live a long way from here and there were a few communities down here I didn’t know much about it. But I know the encyclopedia now on some of these communities, thanks to Ann Purcell. She cares deeply about the people she represents, and she’s a great, great leader.”
Ralston was joined by Speaker pro tem Jan Jones (R-Alpharetta) in his visit. Also on hand were state Sens. Jack Hill (R-Reidsville) and Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) and state Reps. Bob Bryant (D-Garden City) and Mickey Stephens (D-Savannah).
For the complete story, see Friday's edition of the Herald.