Declared Georgia lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Burt Jones on Friday said his campaign has raised $3.75 million for this fundraising period.
Senator Jones (R-Jackson) received former U.S. President Donald Trump’s endorsement last September.
Jones spokesman Stephen Lawson told The Georgia Star News on Friday that Jones will use that money to promote his candidacy by, among other mediums, mail, billboards, banners, grassroots signs, and digital platforms.
“TV is still king. That was true last cycle, and it is true this cycle,” Lawson said.
“Increasingly, digital platforms and out-of-home platforms and streaming services are very important. But it’s an all-hands-on deck approach. It’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. We will stay nimble and aggressive with our strategy.”
Jones emailed a press release Friday that said his campaign ended 2021 with exactly $3.4 million in available cash.
Jones is scheduled to hold a meet and greet event at 7 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, at the Double Tree Hotel in Columbus, according to his campaign’s Facebook page. Jones is scheduled to hold another event at 5:30 p.m., January 20, at the Theatre Dublin.
Jones announced Thursday that members of Veterans for America First endorsed his candidacy.
Jones declared his candidacy at Indian Springs State Park in Flovilla last August. There, he listed four reforms he’ll deliver as a statewide elected official.
Those four priorities, Jones said, include the following:
• Provide more resources to recruit, retain, and promote the state’s law enforcement agencies and to no longer “allow cops to be punching bags by the media.”
• Eliminate the Georgia income tax.
• Address problems with K-12 education and give power back to the parents and give them more choices and say in their child’s schooling.
• Bring integrity back to the state’s elections process.
Jones and Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) said state leaders stifled their efforts to have a special session to address voter irregularities in 2020. Both men learned last January they would not chair committees over which they previously presided. Jones would no longer chair the Committee on Insurance and Labor.
Current Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan declared last May that he would not seek a second term.
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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star and The Georgia Star News. Follow Chris on Facebook, Twitter, Parler, and GETTR. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Burt Jones” by Burt Jones.