By day, I work as an auctioneer and dump truck driver. With the help of some incredibly talented auctioneers, I was a top 20 finalist at the International Auctioneers Championship. Who doesn’t love a great auction?
Before traveling over 100,000 miles for the auction business, I grew up on my family’s farm in Dade County, Georgia where I took over my father’s bulldozing and trucking business.
Currently, I serve as the State Representative for Dade and Walker County. It has been a great honor working with Governor Kemp and many other legislators over the last few years.
For a long time, I have struggled to get any production from our Senator. For the last 18 years, this Senator has represented Northwest Georgia. He has a long history of being shady and not a team player capable of working with Representatives, like myself, which I witnessed firsthand at the Capitol.
For this reason, and many more, I decided to run to be the next Senator of Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties.
As Georgia’s 7th most conservative legislator, I will continue to bring a strong voice and level head to every issue, without the politics.
A few other points worthy of mentioning to you.
I was a co-sponsor of Georgia’s Heartbeat Anti-Abortion Bill.
I am a hardline fighter for the 2nd Amendment.
I am a firm advocate for reducing educational regulations.
From that day on the escalator, I have supported our President Donald J. Trump, unlike the current Senator... who backed Jeb Bush in 2016.
And most importantly, I am not afraid of tough fights.
I was one of ten legislators to ask Georgia House Speaker David Ralston to resign after he used his position to delay justice more than a 1,000 times. We must drain this swamp activity that has riddled us for too long.
Our team will go fight for Northwest Georgia like you have never seen before.
It is time for a change and I hope on June 9, 2020 I can count on your vote.
Thank you again for stopping by.
Representative Colton Moore
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Georgia House District 1 Rep. Colton Moore said he is asking Senator Jeff Mullis to debate him in Dade County.
Rep. Moore is not running for his current seat, but is trying to unseat the veteran Mullis.
Rep. Moore said in a letter to Senator Mullis:
Since 2018, we have both represented over 50,000 constituents in Northwest Georgia however, our leadership styles, ideas and problem solving abilities could not be more different. The time has come to show the people the differences of all candidates in a formal debate, as citizens deserve when voting for their next State Senator on June 9, 2020.
"On behalf of Northwest Georgia, your attendance has been requested on April 30, 2020 at the Dade County Library at 6:30 p.m. ET for the KWN News Talk Debate.
"Founding Father and third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson said, 'Truth is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.'
"I hope we can agree the people of Georgia deserve openness and transparency as they vote for their next State Senator. There is no better method to deliver this than an open debate."
Three candidates are seeking the Georgia Senate District 53 seat: incumbent Jeff Mullis, who is seeking re-election, and challengers Colton Moore and Todd Noblitt. All three are Republicans.
No Democrats are running in this race, so the primary election will decide the winner. District 53 includes Catoosa, Dade, and Walker counties and portions of Chattooga County.
Primary election day is June 9. The last day to register for this election is May 11. Early voting starts May 18.
Georgia State Rep. Colton Moore, who is running against longtime incumbent state Senator Jeff Mullis, said, "Over the past 10 days, Jeff Mullis has announced multiple times, to Northwest Georgia, that Cloudland Canyon State Park is closed. The Dade County Commission and I would like to make clear the park is not closed."
Rep. Moore said, "The public always deserves transparency with government operations.This is especially true with a virus crisis when mass confusion is most dangerous.
"To bring clarity, day visitors from anywhere can still visit the park, 150 cars at a time. Those with reservations can still enjoy the park overnight.
"Today, I attended a meeting of DNR officials, local commissioners, and Senator Jeff Mullis escorted by two Georgia State Patrol cars. Our State Troopers have other more valuable business to tend to during this State of Emergency.
"Mullis made sure I was not invited to represent our people in this meeting. A meeting regarding State property in Dade County, Ga., which I also represent. This is a crystal clear display of Jeff Mullis’ shady tactics and the inability of working on a team with other elected Representatives. This disrespect to our State is no different than the treatment or support Jeff Mullis gives District 1 at the Georgia State Capitol.
"Thirty minutes before the meeting, I was notified. Thank you Georgia Department of Natural Resources for their openness and willingness to make changes to facilitate the increased demand of our state park.
"That said, the Senator has no authority to announce the shutdown of the park or to instruct park officials of the same. This has caused serious confusion for the people and the Dade County Commission.
"In addition, this behavior and lack of authority directly conflicts with Governor Brian Kemp's instruction.
"Moving forward, please disregard announcements about Cloudland Canyon from Jeff Mullis. You will continue to get politics over policy with him, as you have for 18 years.
"Park officials have assured me a new traffic pattern has been developed to maintain the efficiency of traffic, avoiding a dangerous situation on Highway 136.
"While the people of Dade County wish for a full shutdown of Cloudland Canyon, this is unlikely to occur.
"Please pray for the safety of our law enforcement officers as they process visitors over the coming days."
Ringgold Mayor Nick Millwood announced that he is supporting Colton Moore over veteran state Senator Jeff Mullis in the upcoming election. Rep. Moore said earlier he was leaving his House District 1 seat to run for the higher office. Mayor Millwood is in his second term as mayor.
Mayor Millwood said, "I am endorsing Colton Moore over Jeff Mullis for our area’s 53rd state Senate seat. He is unafraid to stand up to the current power structure and will continue to fight for what is right. As a state representative, he worked for educators to eliminate the discipline aspect in our state’s CCRPI scores in order to allow our schools to effectively deal with bad behavior. The fact that he understands what is hurting our morale in the schools is so refreshing, and I hope my fellow teachers take note that he gets to the root of problems to enact change.
Rep. Moore also tried to pass constitutional carry for our state and has consistently stood up or our 1st Amendment rights as well. During Colton’s term as a state representative, his frustrations at being blocked and talked down to by Jeff Mullis lead him to tackle the problem directly and run for that seat. I admire his tenacity and ability to go right to the source of the problem and launch a public challenge to make a difference.
"When I won the mayoral election as an outsider, politics in Ringgold had been poisoned by cronyism and getting things done was about who you knew and how well you fell in line with the power structure. Having a public opinion that spoke directly to the voters was heavily frowned upon and attacked as causing division among elected officials. Specifically, one thing caused a great amount of turmoil on my council. When our charter was changed by Senator Mullis without the council or public being given an opportunity to discuss, it became even more apparent that backroom deals are alive and well within my city.
"One of my councilmen absolutely ripped me during an open meeting and argued that I was potentially costing our city millions of dollars. My fellow councilman eloquently spoke about how I was endangering our “most favored nation” status. What he was saying, without actually saying it, was that our city would be punished because I was speaking out against a piece of legislation at our state capitol slipped in by our current state senator. I also received an intimidating text message from Mullis telling me, “I would change direction if I were you” and accusing me of dirty politics. He consequently chose to fund Paul Lee’s candidacy in the city of Ringgold, and some of the dirtiest politics came about as a result of that funding. I encourage you to ask Jeff Mullis what his justification is for supporting Paul Lee’s attempt to lead your city.
"This is the main reason I am endorsing Colton: He checks his ego at the door and focuses on what’s right for the voters. Insisting on a public conversation about difficult topics and not demonizing, threatening, or marginalizing opposition should be the order of the day. It is time to start building a positive political environment in our district.
"At some point, politicians can become more enamored with themselves, other politicians, Political Action Committees, and big donors as opposed to the people who elect them. Two of the senator’s recent bills come from this mindset. One was called the “Casey Cagle Bill”. It was an attempt to limit people’s rights to record their own conversations as they see fit. This session, he introduced a bill nicknamed the “liar” bill which would limit citizens' rights to address their legislature. If you are deemed as lying to the legislature, it strips your right to address the legislature for the rest of the session. A second offense would result in a lifetime ban. The legislators aren’t held to that same standard, but it’s now law that you are. Also, the wild amount of money Senator Mullis brings in from PACs like payday and title lenders and insurance companies also leaves me wondering if he is looking out for the best interest of voters or the insurance companies and loan shark businesses contributing to him.
"I am speaking from my own experience, and I can relate to Colton’s experience he has had at the state capitol. Having an opinion contrary to one of the area’s political “higher-ups” should be something he listens to and embraces. The feeling in the county is that you cannot publicly disagree with our state senator or he will come after you politically and use the state purse strings or his campaign war chest to punish you. He has systematically worked to fill local elections with candidates who are loyal to him.
"I truly believe Colton is not that kind of politician. I have had personal conversations with him, and I’m sold on his commitment to do the right thing. It was no easy decision to walk away from his state representative seat in order to continue his fight more effectively, but the best among us run toward the problems. Please mark April 27th on your phone or calendar as the beginning of early voting and bring a breath of fresh air to our local politics by casting your ballot for Colton Moore."
Dade County Sheriff Ray Cross said Thursday that his deputies will start to help vulnerable citizens across the county pick up groceries and medications as a way to help them stay inside during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Cross spoke with State Rep. Colton Moore Thursday and discussed ways the county could help those in need. After the talk, Cross instructed his deputies to assist the county's most vulnerable citizens — namely the sick and elderly — with picking up their pre-paid groceries and medication from local grocery stores and pharmacies.
The service will be on an "as needed" basis.
Residents in Dade County who would like to take advantage of the service should call Detective Chad Payne at 706-944-3329.
The Georgia Legislature on Monday gave Governor Brian Kemp extraordinary powers to deal with the current health emergency.
House 1 Rep. Colton Moore said it was the most sweeping powers in the state's 232-year history.
Meanwhile, the state's coronavirus cases have reached 146 - up from 121 in one day. The state has one coronavirus death - a 67-year-old Cobb County man.
Kemp can renew the declaration without their approval in the event the health risk is too high before April 13, when lawmakers are scheduled to return to the state capitol in Atlanta.
“We didn't want to come across a situation where the governor would lose his emergency powers, and the Legislature would not be there to give them back to him,” Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, said.
The Senate voted unanimously to approve the measure. Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, was the lone member of the House to vote against it.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Georgia Department of Public Health reported 146 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including one death.
State Sen. Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, one of the most powerful Republicans in the Legislature, drew a challenge from state Rep. Colton Moore, a first-term lawmaker who had recently flirted with a bid for Congress and recently sent a press release announcing his plans to leave public office.
Georgia state Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, told the Times Free Press in a phone call Friday morning that he is running against Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, for the Senate seat in District 53.
"I'm going up against the political boss of Northwest Georgia," Moore said. "Against all odds."
On March 3, 1779, 238 years ago  , the first major battle of the British Army’s push into the American South took place at Brier Creek at the old road between Savannah and Augusta. According to Battle and President of the Brier Creek Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Craig Wildi, the American loss resulted in the deaths of at least 200 patriots.
Studies done by Battle in conjunction with other professional organizations have uncovered evidence that some of Georgia’s soldiers who lost their lives in the fight for independence may still lie in graves at the battle site.
“This was the 16th bloodiest of all battle sites throughout the Revolutionary War,” Battle said. “We found so many artifacts under our original permit, Georgia DNR (Department of natural Resources) shut the study down.”
Rep. Colton Moore announced he will not be seeking re-election in the Georgia House of Representatives.
He said, "Forever, I will be humbled by your confidence in me to serve. I hope you will find I have served diligently and with integrity. It is my opinion that Georgia is better off today than two years ago. The unborn have a better chance at life, our debt has been acknowledged, and the problems of over regulating teachers is now common discussion amongst lawmakers.
Qualifying starts today, so you’ll see a lot of these candidates who think they want to run for office now get to put their money where their mouth is.
The retirement of US Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA-07) and Tom Graves (R-GA-14) from Congress and US Representative Doug Collins (R-GA-09) challenging US Senator Kelly Loeffler (R) will create some turnover in the Georgia General Assembly as folks jump into those congressional races.
Governor Brian Kemp also gets to make an appointment to the Georgia Supreme Court with Justice Keith Blackwell announcing his resignation this past Friday, so there may be some additional shifting if the Governor decides to tap someone who is currently serving under the Gold Dome.