Only hours after the Legislature created Georgia’s newest and most Republican congressional district, the new 9th, state Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville this morning announced his formal entry into the race:
His statement, in part:
“My wife Lisa and I are blessed to have three wonderful children: Jordan, Copelan, and Cameron. I don’t want them to look back 20 years from now and ask their dad why he didn’t do anything to stop the mess that they will no doubt inherit.
“I very much look forward to visiting every county in the district as I seek to represent the people of north Georgia and their values in Washington.”
Collins is an attorney and has served as a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. He has strong ties to House Speaker David Ralston – Collins was one of Ralston’s few supporters in a first, failed bid for the office.
He is also a close friend of Nathan Deal, and served as the governor’s floor leader.
Also looking at the race is local conservative radio commentator Martha Zoller.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider