U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, officially kicks off his re-election campaign on Monday afternoon. Bishop will be seeking a return to his seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 6.
ALBANY, Ga. -- The race to determine who will represent Southwest Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives is now officially in high gear.
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, D-Albany, seeking his 11th term in office, kicked off his re-election campaign at his local headquarters at the Largo Shopping Plaza on Dawson Road Monday.
Supporters gathered Monday afternoon to officially kick off the incumbent's re-election campaign. Among those present were Dougherty County Coroner-elect Michael Fowler, clergy from area churches, Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta and local civil rights activist Shirley Sherrod.
While those gathered enjoyed refreshments and musical entertainment, campaign officials signed up volunteers. Bishop, meanwhile, completed a call to Washington before taking the stage.
"(From my experience) I have gained the tools that have empowered me to work on your behalf," Bishop said. "I think, I hope, voters will extend my contract for two more years. I have tried to make a difference."
Bishop listed his committee positions for supporters, including his involvement with the Base Realignment and Closure Process over recent years.
He also made a point of mentioning his support for the country's new health care initiative.
"People shouldn't have to choose between going to the grocery store and getting their medicine," he said.
Bishop will be challenged by either Rick Allen or John House, who are locked in a Republican runoff, in the General Election Nov. 6.