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GA GOP Chairman candidates debate in Cobb County

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It was standing room only at the Cobb County GOP headquarters Saturday morning.

Voters came to hear from four Republican candidates, all making their case to be Georgia's next GOP chairman.

Voters we spoke with said they want someone who can stand up to the Democratic party, some of them concerned with the heated sixth district race.

"I want more involvement for Karen if she's going to win," said voter Joanne Hubbard. "Otherwise Ossoff is just going to run away with it."

Candidate Alex Johnson, a Dekalb County attorney, said he's a grassroots Republican who would work to promote other Republican candidates like Karen Handel, if elected.

"I actually live in the sixth district so I've seen a lot of democratic doorknockers going through my neighborhood but we really need more republicans out there," Johnson said.

CBS46 is learning more about the other candidates in the race.

John Watson most recently helped David Perdue get elected, working as a campaign co-chair for the senator. He said he's running to help keep Georgia red.

"The party I love is in trouble," he said. "We've got a lot of work to do. We're financially without resources and in many ways, the Democrats are on the march."

Mike Welsh is the current 12th District Republican Party Chairman who said his background in business gives him an advantage.

"I was able to raise all the resources we needed to beat the last blue dog Democrat in the south, John Barrow."

Michael McNeely is the current Vice Chairman of Republican party. If elected, McNeely would be the first minority to lead the state GOP.

"It's certainly a historic moment if that happens," he said when asked of his possible election. "It speaks to the party's willingness to embrace men and women from various backgrounds."

Voter Jermane Enoch agrees that McNeely could help attract minorities to the Republican party but said he's still undecided about who he'll vote for.

"He does have a serious strategy to reach the minority community," Enoch said. "I think that's what we need but at the same time, we need money.

Money has been a topic of debate. On Saturday, candidates debated everything from Planned Parenthood to religious liberty.

The election is set for June 3.

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