Brian Prince sworn in to House District 127 seat

It was a historic day at the Richmond County Judicial Center as Georgia's House District 127 got its first new representative in nearly 13 years.

Surrounded by his family, friends, supporters and community members, Brian Prince took the oath of office Thursday afternoon.

Prince, a retired Army lieutenant, won a special election runoff a few weeks ago to complete the term of Rep. Quincy Murphy, who died of cancer.

"Quincy did a great job but no, I don't think I have to fill his shoes because I can't," Prince said. "I can only do what Brian Prince can do and so, I'm looking forward to providing new leadership in this new direction."

It wasn't an easy campaign but Prince defeated Murphy's widow, Diane Murphy and educator Diane Evans. He says he plans to uphold the tenants of his campaign.  

"Economic development, workforce development, education, and of course the integration of Fort Gordon and we're going to stick to those main things," Prince listed his main areas of interest.

Prince said he is excited to learn what his new role will encompass.

"Basically just learning the ropes, listen, and see what's going on. See what's been passed, what's being passed," Prince said.

This was only a special election. Prince will have to fight to keep this seat in the general election next year.

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