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GOP gubernatorial candidate Hunter Hill speaks to the Golden Isles Republican Women club Monday at Bonefish on St. Simons Island.

During the present election cycle, Republican statewide candidates have appeared to be a little on their heels when discussing environmental issues, which tend to transcend partisan lines on the coast in a way they do not further inland. GOP gubernatorial candidate and former state Sen. Hunter Hill admitted it is because elsewhere, Republican primary voters are not as interested.

Answering questions from attendees at the Golden Isles Republican Women’s Club meeting Monday at Bonefish on St. Simons Island, Hill discussed that it was important to ensure economic progress while limiting regulation to what is absolutely necessary.

“Certainly here in Glynn County, what a jewel we have in terms of the marsh and the coast,” Hill said. “We need to protect it. So, I’m absolutely in agreement with you with the need to do that. The specifics, I’m admitting to you I don’t have a comprehensive plan to deal with that at this moment. I think a lot of times politicians respond to their constituency base. And, the bottom line is, (for) most Republican primary voters, this is not as passionate an issue as it is particularly for you.”

Hill said a central tenant of his candidacy is to make sure what the government needs to do, it accomplishes, and for it to get out of trying to handle everything for everyone.

“It’s not just about the values and principles, it’s about the leadership experience to get these ideas implemented into policy, and here’s what they are,” Hill said. “No. 1, it’s about getting back to our founding principles — it’s about limited government. We are a jack-of-all trades in government, and therefore we’re a master of none.”

Hill pointed to education, public safety and transportation as core functions of government that need to be taken care of properly, but have not.

“Our career politicians have underfunded transportation for the last 40 years,” Hill said. “So, we’re behind on investing in infrastructure. And career politicians, again, when they’ve neglected the investment, what do they say? They say, ‘I guess we need a tax increase.’ No, we need to manage the money we’ve already had better, and prioritize spending on transportation. That’s why I want to double our investment in transportation in my first term without raising taxes.”

He also called for eliminating the state income tax, toeing a hard line on immigration and sanctuary cities and touted plans to make Georgia the best state for military veterans.

Primary elections are set for May 22, and the general election is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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