AUGUSTA (WFXG) – A U.S. senate candidate came to Augusta Friday as a part of his “Georgia Voices” tour. Rev. Raphael Warnock discussed his intent for the job and heard from local faith leaders who shared their concerns as the election approaches.
“We need senators who are going to be focused on the people’s business, and as I move across the state I’m seeing people who are wondering why no one in Washington is looking out for them,” said Warnock.
The people’s business was exactly the point of discussion with Augusta faith leaders during a roundtable at Antioch Baptist Church. Faith is what tied the group together, but also the desire to see change on a national and local level.
Healthcare was a major concern for many faith leaders there advocating for their congregations.
“I also have members, and they are not a very large number because I have a mixed congregation, but they have to make a decision as to whether or not they will either put food on the table or visit a doctor or a hospital…and I don’t think that’s a predicament any American in any neighborhood should be put in,” said Rev. Augusta Hall Jr. of Bethel AME Church.
The pastor at Antioch Baptist echoed that sentiment.
“Right now for me, it’s healthcare and economics…jobs…and making sure that those persons who are really, who have been laid off, can be re-employed at a comfortable wage,” said Pastor Kenneth Martin.
Ultimately, Warnock, and those at the roundtable, hope local congregations and the people of the CSRA will make their voices heard at the polls.
20 candidates, including Warnock, will face off for the senate on November 3, 2020.
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