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Feb. 5 – Richmond Hill’s Sandy Workman (D) kicks off State Senate Campaign this Friday, challenging Sen. Ben Watson

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

February 5, 2018 – Sandy Workman, one of the founders of the Bryan County Democratic Party, will announce that she will challenge State. Sen. Ben Watson for the GA Senate District 01 at a kick off event this Friday in Savannah. The district covers a portion of Chatham County, all of Bryan County, and a portion of Liberty County.

Hosted by Sandy Workman for GA Senate Dist. 01, the event will be held from 7 PM - 8:30 PM at Tondee's Tavern 7 E Bay St, Savannah, Georgia 31401, across from City Hall. 

Workman announced on her Facebook page that she would challenge Sen. Watson back on Jan. 27, in a post linked to the group ‘Savannah Taking Action for Resistance.’ She is also raising funds as part of the ‘ActBlue’ national fundraising website. 

At the top of her agenda are environmental concerns, featured on her campaign’s Facebook page, and her initial statements indicate that she may be part of a new generation of candidates who are trying to ‘reach across the aisles.’

“I want to represent you on issues that matter to each and everyone of us: protecting our beautiful coastline from environmental ruin, putting Georgia’s economy on a path for the robust, sustainable growth that leads to job creation and prosperity, enhancing the security of our voting system to ensure that every vote counts. These are among the many issues everyone - whether white or black, Democrat or Republican, rich or poor – can agree upon. I will bring my leadership and organizational skills to benefit the people of Georgia by fighting to protect the interests of voters and their families,” she states on ActBlue.com.

An 18-year resident of Georgia, Ms. Workman has a corporate business background, having served as CFO of the Workman Retirement fund; Director of Information Security Program for Time Warner Cable; a Senior Manager for The Home Depot company; and worked as a consultant for Deloitte Consulting, one of the U.S.’s largest public accounting and consulting companies. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Florida Atlantic University, with an MS in Mathematics, and a B.A. from The George Washington University in Psychology.

Area Democratic committees have made no secret that they have been working hard to identify candidates, particularly women, to run for office … with the goal that all elected seats are opposed.

She is the only Democratic candidate to come forward to date, and Watson has no challenger in the Republican primary on May 24, either. If that remains, they will face off in the Nov. 2018 General Election. 

Sen. Ben Watson, who is the brother-in-law of former Congressman Jack Kingston, is a doctor and founding member of SouthCoast Health, Inc.  Sen. Watson was elected to the Georgia House in 2011, and then elected to the Georgia Senate in 2014.  He did not face an opponent in that race, nor in the 2016 race.  

He is currently chairman of the Senate Veterans, Military and Homeland Security Committee, and also sits on the Appropriations, Ethics, Health and Human Services, Public Safety, Retirement and Transportation committees. He is a UGA undergrad and Medical College of Georgia graduate. 

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