S O U T H G E O R G I A B R E A K I N G N E WS A L E R T
Who: Democrat and retired Lt. Colonel Bill Gillespie of Chatham County
What: Press Conferences
Where: Tybee Island, 1110 Laurel Avenue and Valdosta, 108 East Central Avenue
When: Oct. 7 at 2:00 p.m. (Tybee Island) and Oct. 8 at 1:00 p.m. (Valdosta)
Why: Announcing candidacy for Georgia’s First Congressional District
Bill Gillespie To Form Congressional Exploratory Committee
23-year Army Veteran from Chatham County filing papers to explore campaign for
Georgia’s First Congressional District; offers “strong leadership that puts people first”
SAVANNAH, Ga. (August 7, 2007) –Democrat Bill Gillespie of Chatham County is forming an Exploratory
Committee to “test the waters” for a 2008 candidacy in Georgia’s First Congressional District.
Gillespie is filing papers with the Federal Election Commission to create the Bill Gillespie Congressional Exploratory
Committee, a political committee that will allow him to raise funds, build a campaign organization and travel
throughout the district to gauge public support.
The First Congressional District covers most of southeast Georgia, stretching along the coast from
Savannah to St. Marys, and inland from McRae to Valdosta.
“After talking with family, friends and many citizens of the First District, I have decided to take this
initial step to explore a potential run for Congress,” said the 44-year-old Gillespie. “People are
frustrated that Washington and its insiders are not doing what it takes to meet the challenges of our
time. I want to offer strong leadership that puts people first.”
Gillespie served 23 years in the U.S. Army, retiring this year as a Lieutenant Colonel. In 2003, he served in Iraq as a
Senior Logistician for the Third Infantry Division, earning a Bronze Star. He’s also served overseas in Kuwait, Korea
and Germany. Decorations include Legion of Merit, Combat Action Badge, Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award
from the Command and General Staff College, Master Instructor Award, and a NCAA Championship as coach of the
West Point Orienteering Team.
Most recently, Gillespie served as southeast Georgia’s Army ROTC Program Director, charged with supervising ROTC
programs at Georgia Southern University, Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Savannah
College of Art & Design, St. Leo University and all of the region’s Army Junior ROTC Programs.
Gillespie earned B.S. and M.A. degrees in Environmental Science from Towson University, and was a Ph.D. candidate
at the University of Maryland in Cultural Geography and Immigration Studies completing all work except his
dissertation. Gillespie has taught classes on geography, military history and leadership at West Point, Georgia
Southern, Armstrong Atlantic State and Maryland. He currently teaches a course to veterans at Fort Stewart to help
them learn the skills necessary to transition into civilian life and gain employment.
Georgia’s First Congressional District seat is currently held by Republican Jack Kingston of Savannah. Gillespie is the
only person, Democrat or Republican, to announce a potential challenge to Kingston in the 2008 election.