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Monday November 28th, 2022 7:46AM

Hatchett, Williams face off for Georgia State Senate District 50 seat

By Sydney Hencil Anchor/Reporter

Republican incumbent Bo Hatchett will be facing the Democratic nominee Paulette Williams for the Georgia State Senate District 50 seat in the 2022 midterm election.

District 50 covers Rabun County, Towns County, Habersham County, Stephens County, Franklin County, Banks County, east of White County, north of Jackson County and a small portion of Hall County.

Hatchett grew up in Demorest, Ga. and is a lawyer by profession, according to his website.  He has represented Georgia’s 50th District since 2021 and is pro-life, a 2nd Amendment supporter and believes in limited government and stopping government overreach.

AccessWDUN reached out to Hatchett for comments, however, he was unavailable.  

Williams is a U.S. Army veteran and is retired from a healthcare career, according to her website.  She believes in affordable healthcare for all, expanding Medicaid, protecting women’s privacy and supporting veterans.

“She would definitely advocate that there be resources for funding veteran health care services so that these men and women who need healthcare don't have to drive so very far to get service,” Dee Daley, Williams’ campaign manager said.

On the issue of healthcare, Hatchett believes decisions should be made between doctors and patients, not insurance companies and the government.  Hatchett’s website states he co-sponsored legislation that would prevent local and state governments from mandating vaccines and vaccine passports.

Williams believes the focus should be on affordable health care and the expansion of Medicaid.

“Georgia ranks in the bottom of states in terms of our ability to provide health care to our citizens,” Daley said on behalf of Williams.  “And one focus of her campaign is to have the Georgia State Legislature accept Medicaid expansion.”

Hatchett is pro-life.  In the State Senate, he co-sponsored SB 456, a bill that prevents the delivery of abortion-inducing medications without first having an in-person doctor’s visit. 

Williams, however, believes that women should have a choice.

“Well, you know what, at six weeks, a lot of women don't know they're pregnant.  Women are losing their right to manage their own health care.  It's a healthcare issue,” Daley said.

Early voting ends on November 4, and the mid-term elections are on November 8.

More information on Hatchett can be found on his website.  More information on Williams is on her website.

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