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Gubernatorial candidate sends education-heavy message at Georgia NAACP Conference

Democratic candidate Jason Carter visited Warner Robins Saturday to attend the Georgia NAACP Conference.
Carter spoke to about 100 people at the conference Saturday. (Sean Franklin)
Carter spoke to about 100 people at the conference Saturday. (Sean Franklin)
WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - The race for governor continues to draw closer and closer for Georgians.

Jason Carter, former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, will be on the ballot this November.

He visited Warner Robins Saturday afternoon and had a message for all Georgians.

"This administration has overseen one of the worst reductions in overall education that our state has ever seen," said Carter. "The NAACP and others are fighting for that."

Democratic candidate for Governor's message lines up with the NAACP's.

"Georgia has a bright future," said Carter. "And it's important for us to seize that future and it's a future no one needs to get left out of."

He spoke at the Georgia NAACP Convention Saturday afternoon after enjoying a meal and some music with delegates from across the state.

"The NAACP is non-partisan, but we are certainly political," said Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson.

Johnson wasn't picking favorites, but he likes Carter's strong stance on education.

"We have no permanent friends or enemies, but permanent issues," said Johnson. "And anyone who stands on the side of good education that prepares our children for world class opportunities is a friend to this association."

Opportunities Carter said he can give as governor.

"I'm excited to stand with anybody who believes that we have to get Georgia back on track with respect to education, we have to plant seeds for the future and that's why I'm down here in Warner Robins today," said Carter.

Carter also pointed to his opponent's actions as dishonest.

"I have been embarrassed that our governor's office has been involved in this scandals," said Carter.

Carter cited the $700,000 reward given to a whistle-blower who claimed she lost her job after making a strong push to investigate the Governor's 2010 campaign finances.

"A jury in Atlanta has awarded 700,000 dollars in tax payer money because of Governor Deal's office trying to cover up his own investigations into his campaign misconduct," said Carter.

The election for governor will be held on November 4th.

Besides Deal and Carter, John Barge and David Pennington are on the ballot as well.

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