Brian Kemp

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican nominee for governor, speaks at a news conference Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Atlanta.

When asked by a journalist last week, Brian Kemp insisted his Community Inclusion Coalition isn’t just for show.

Kemp said he won election to the state Senate for the first time in a bright-blue district centered in Athens by going into every neighborhood and building coalitions with people who had different backgrounds.

That spirit of inclusion will serve Kemp well in his bid for governor.

The Republican nominee is locked in a tight battle with Democrat Stacey Abrams. It’s going to be hard-fought, with a lot of national interest on both sides.

We need a governor to follow in Nathan Deal’s pattern of reaching across the aisle to build a better Georgia, one that is an economic powerhouse. We can’t afford to get bogged down in petty partisan squabbles, no matter who’s governor.

That’s why we think the team Kemp introduced last week bodes well. That team includes Loganville Mayor Rey Martinez, and we look forward to seeing how he’ll be used by the campaign — and possibly beyond in a Kemp administration.

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