On Thursday, September 26, U.S. Senate candidate, Branko Radulovacki, otherwise known as Dr. Rad, attended the 6th Annual Middle Georgia Regional Political HobNob in Warner Robins.
The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the event, which was held at Central Georgia Technical College’s Warner Robins campus.
This event is designed to be an old fashioned political rally with hundreds to attend. The purpose of HobNob is to give Chamber members and others in the community an opportunity to meet with candidates and representatives from their campaigns on a one-to-one basis. The Chamber has invited all candidates appearing on the 2013 ballots, including the candidates appearing on all municipal ballots throughout the Robins Region, as well as announced candidates for the U.S. Senate race in 2014.
“HobNob,” chaired by Steve Smith, Middle Georgia Orthopaedic, is a project of the Chamber’s Governmental Affairs Division, chaired by Sonya Jenkins, Vision Inscribed. The Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan organization. The Chamber does NOT endorse or oppose candidates for public office.
Radulovacki is an Atlanta-area doctor and expressed that he "wants to serve and be a service to others".
Radulovacki, 50, first announced his intent to run for Chambliss' seat in June and believes the state of Georgia needs someone right now who is willing to go to Washington and truly get something done in Congress.
Dr. Rad has been a proponent off fully implementing Obamacare and had made a comment recently on his Facebook page:
"As we approach the launch date for Obamacare insurance exchanges, let's put aside fear in favor of open minds -- and a willingness to work together toward an ever-better system of healthcare."
Thus far, Dr. Rad has been one of the few candidates running for U.S. Senate to openly say that he supports the Affordable Care Act.
Michelle Nunn , one of the other candidates and daughter of Sam Nunn has been quiet thus far about Obamacare and other progressive issues.
Winning statewide in Georgia for Democrats have been difficult, but it is isn't impossible. Barack Obama had won 47 percent of the vote in 2008 and 46 percent in 2012.
One of the counties that Radulovacki will need is Houston County, home of Robins Air Force Base, but also include cities such as Warner Robins, Perry, Centeville and Perry.
According to the 2012 Census estimates there are 146,136 people in Houston County and 26 percent--according to the Census--is under 18 years of age. So that means that there are least 107,000 people in Houston County who are of voting age.
Last November, according to the Secretary of State website, it had said that there were 79,915 registered voters in Houston County. So there are potentially 27,000 people who are at least 18 and over that are not registered.
Houston has a reputation for being a 'conservative' Republican county, but if more registration efforts are implemented, it could change the political dynamics of Houston County.
The following is the registration numbers for the last four election cycles on Election Day in Houston County.