Thursday, January 21, 2010

Graves Appoints McCutchen Campaign Chair and Launches Team 180°

State Representative and Republican 9th District congressional candidate Tom Graves (R-Ranger) announced today that Joe McCutchen of Ellijay will serve as his campaign Chairman. In addition, the campaign announced the launch of Team 180°, a grassroots movement of committed GA-9 Freedom Fighters who are resolved to turn this country around.

“Joe is a tireless advocate for the free-market, less government, fewer taxes and more individual freedom,” said Graves. “His vocal support of our campaign throughout the 9th District is invaluable and he will keep us accountable, making sure our words are backed up with actions. I am glad he agreed to head up our campaign for Congress.”

“I am confident that Tom Graves, a super taxpayer champion, will be a great national leader for our conservative cause when we elect him to Congress,” said McCutchen. “I am absolutely thrilled to serve as his campaign chairman and will work very hard to get him elected as we need him in Washington. I am greatly impressed with this most dedicated small-government, Reagan-type conservative. Tom puts the taxpayer first in all his decisions and will put the brakes on Washington’s big spending.”

The Graves campaign also announced today the launch of Team 180°, a new grassroots movement in the 9th District.

Team 180° is an elite group of committed GA-9 Freedom Fighters who will mobilize as foot soldiers to help change America. The goal of Team 180° is to turn the direction our county 180° and back to the roots on which it was founded.

Team 180° was launched 180 days before the Republican Primary election, which is July 20th.

Team 180° members are committing to give their time in support of Graves’ campaign. Members will knock on doors, distribute literature, identify voters and put up yard signs in support of Graves’ candidacy.

“GA-9 Freedom Fighters are motivated and ready to change America for the better,” said Graves. “Team 180° serves to enhance our already well-organized, district-wide grassroots organization, and I am honored these individuals have committed their time and energy to my campaign. Because of their efforts and the other GA-9 Freedom Fighters in the 9th District, we will be successful.”

For more information about Team 180° or to join their ranks, please visit

Graves announced earlier this year he would seek the 9th District Congressional seat, which is currently held by Congressman Deal who is running for Governor.

Graves is endorsed by the Club for Growth PAC, the nation’s premier free-market, free enterprise group of conservatives and was the first candidate to be certified 100 percent pro-life by the Georgia Right to Life PAC. He has earned the endorsement of Miss United States 2009 Erin Grizzle, Can-Do Conservatives and conservative author Jonathan Krohn. The Graves campaign is earning the support of conservatives throughout the 9th District, overwhelmingly won the only two straw polls and leads all candidates in fundraising for the election cycle from over 1,110 contributors. The campaign continues to have the largest online presence of any candidate in the congressional race, has over 400 grassroots volunteers and is organized in all 15 counties of the district.


Graves, who is in his fourth term representing House District 12, was first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2002. He has chaired numerous subcommittees, served in several leadership positions and been recognized statewide as a conservative leader. He received a 2009 “National Legislator of the Year” from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a 2009 “Guardian of Small Business” Award from the National Federation of Independent Business, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Georgia Retail Association, the 2009 “Legislator of the Year” from the 9th Congressional District of Georgia and was nationally recognized as the “Legislative Entrepreneur of the Year Award” by the Freedom Works Foundation for his tireless effort to stem the tide of expansive government and reduce the tax burden on Georgians. Georgia Trend named Graves to its 2009 “40 under 40, Georgia’s Best and the Brightest.”

Graves grew up in White, Georgia and graduated from the University of Georgia, where he earned a Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance. Graves is a small businessman, past member of the Gordon County Board of Elections and an active member of the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Julie, a native of Marietta, and the couple has three children, JoAnn, John and Janey. They attend the Belmont Baptist Church in Calhoun where Graves is an ordained Deacon.

Community News You Can Use
Twitter: @gafrontpage
Twitter: @readmylipstick
Twitter: @hhpotterystudio

No comments: