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Why did a state house candidate change his name?

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ATLANTA, Ga. - A political newcomer is trying to make a name for himself. Well, a new name. Branson Wright, is running for State House, 39th district.

But, an I-team investigation found Branson Wright was born Courtney Wright. We discovered one month before he qualified to run for office, Courtney Wright changed his first name to Branson. So, Courtney Derrell Wright became Branson Courtney Derrell Wright.

He told us he had used the name Branson in the past and liked it better.

Some people told us they think he did it to hide his past. “Hide what past?”  Mr. Wright responded.

Our report details what we found in court records from several counties when we looked into the background of the man who says he wants to be Georgia’s first black governor.


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