The importance of the vote

I’m Brian Kemp: This is why I want Georgia’s vote in the midterm election to represent the whole state

Updated | July 10, 2020

Georgia is one of the most diverse and beautiful states in the United States. My hometown is in the northwestern part of the state, and there is a large Native American community.

I live in an African-American neighborhood, speak in the English language and have two brothers, a sister and an aunt with the last name Kemp, and a great-grandmother on my father’s side.

My great-grandfather was a slave who was freed. My father was born in Georgia and has been a U.S. citizen for six decades.

My parents had been in law enforcement together and wanted me to pursue law enforcement as well.

I have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I have always served as a peace officer as a result.

I was in elementary and middle school when I learned my father had become sick with cancer, and he died 12 years ago. I grew up in the rural community of Chilton in west Georgia and attended Chilton High School.

It was a good choice to focus on the law enforcement career, but now that I am in my 40s, I feel a greater sense of responsibility to the community that raised me — and to the state that I live in.

I learned about my heritage during my childhood. For example, if you say “African-American” and “Georgia,” I knew immediately I was an African-American.

A lot of my family has come from the mountains of West Virginia and North Carolina. Many of my relatives have moved to Atlanta.

I am deeply grateful for who I am, and I want to share with you the importance of having an accurate count of the vote to secure our state and our country in the midterm elections.

I feel very strongly about the importance of the vote.

My wife, Sarah, and I have four children, all of them Georgia natives.

Our oldest son is a senior at the University of Georgia, where he’s studying in the School of Public Policy, and our

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