Independent Rep. Rusty Kidd gets another term in the House District 145 seat, after defeating challenger Quentin T. Howell 9,823 votes (53.69 percent) to 8,473 (46.31 percent) Tuesday.
Kidd won more than 60 percent of votes in Putnam County, while Baldwin was a much closer 52 to 48 percent margin. The District 145 representative was a little nervous when the first precincts placed him behind Howell.
“You never now what's going to excite a voter to vote a certain way. Voters are fickle. There might be one issue somewhere that they don't like that will cause them to vote for you or against another person,” Kidd said.
Whether residents in both counties voted for him or not, Kidd said he is glad a good percentage of people exercised their constitutional right.
Howell said he felt great about his campaign and congratulated Kidd on the victory. The District 145 challenger appreciated support from local and state volunteers.
Though defeated in the race, Howell said he would continue to be a community leader.
“We are moving on with the business to help the ills of the community,” Howell said.
The No. 1 objective for Kidd is bringing industry into Baldwin County to create more jobs. The county contains all the necessary components for residents and business alike, according to Kidd.
State facilities at the Bill E. Ireland Youth Detention Center and Central State Hospital provide structure for redevelopment.
“We have a lot to sell,” Kidd said. “We just have to find the right people to sell it to.”
Kidd said thinking of creative ways to lure industry doesn't rest on any given piece of legislation.
“It's very difficult to have a piece of legislation that's going to create a job. I wish it were that easy,” the incumbent said leading up to the election.
A Milledgeville native, Rusty Kidd attended Baldwin High School before attending the University of Tennessee on a full sports scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in finance.
In the mid-1980s, Kidd opened Quick Loans, an insurance company that made small loans and sold insurance in middle Georgia. The company grew and merged into Middle Georgia Management, now employing more than 50 people at its 17 offices located throughout central Georgia.
He is the son of legislator Culver Kidd, who represented Milledgeville and Baldwin County in both the state Senate and House. Kidd has two children, Katherine Kidd Reese and Culver Kidd IV.
Kidd was elected in a special election in December 2009 to complete the unexpired term of former state Rep. Bobby Parham who left the Legislature for a post on the Georgia Department of Transportation Board. Kidd won his first full term in the Georgia House of Representatives the following year.
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