Georgia candidate with autism running for state office

(Source: WGCL)

MACON, GA (CBS46)- At the State Farmer's Market in Macon, fresh fruits and vegetables aren't the only thing that's home-grown.

Born and raised in central Georgia, Fred Swann is running for statewide Commissioner of Agriculture, but it's not the only challenge he's facing.

"No challenge for someone on the autistic spectrum, no challenge it presents should hold them back from being a contributing member of society, even a politician," said Swann.

He's not only autistic, he's now the Democratic nominee for office.

"The outpouring of affection and support that I have gotten has been overwhelming," said Swann.

"A disability is a disability, but that doesn't mean you can't get up and work," added Farmer's Market vendor Tom Duke.

If elected, Swann plans to support small farmers, revive the farmers market and in-turn, boost he economy in rural communities.

"Minus the few fruits and vegetables this place sells, this area right here is currently a food desert," said Swann. "If we had this place bustling the way it was, this whole community could bloom."

Just like every other candidate for public office, Swann hopes to win. But even if he doesn't win, he believes his ability to overcome adversity still makes him a winner.

Swann will face off against highly-favored Republican candidate Gary Black in November.

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