The dominoes are falling in Gwinnett. State Rep. David Casas will run for the Senate seat vacated by Don Balfour.
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Lilburn – State Rep. David Casas, a four-term Republican from Lilburn, announced his candidacy for the state Senate today, seeking to fill the seat to be vacated by veteran Gwinnett state Senator Don Balfour.
“These are big shoes to fill, but I believe Gwinnett citizens know that I have a strong conservative record,” said Casas. “I am eager to move to a chamber where I can continue to promote the values that make our party strong.”
Casas, first elected in 2002, is best known as the author of the Georgia Tuition Tax Credit. The $50 million tax credit program allows individuals and corporations to donate to scholarship organizations which award scholarships to children to transfer to the school of their choice.
Casas has also introduced and passed legislation this session that would provide greater spending flexibility for Georgia school systems during these difficult economic times.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock), Senate President Pro Tempore Tommie Williams, House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and a variety of state House and Senate members endorsed the Lilburn legislator in his bid to join that chamber.
“David Casas is one of the finest conservatives I know,” Rogers said. “He not only talks the talk, he walks the walk when it comes to promoting less government, more freedom and liberty in Georgia.”
Casas is the Academic Dean at Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta. He is a former public school teacher in Cobb County. He is a founding member of the National Conference of Hispanic Legislators.
In the state House, Casas currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Economic Development and Tourism Committee and serves on the House Appropriations, Education, and Rules committees.
He and his wife Ann are the parents of two children and members of Mount Paran Church of God in Atlanta.
“Gwinnett residents would be well represented with David Casas in the Senate,” said Tommie Williams, the President Pro Tempore of the state Senate. “He embodies the future generation of young conservatives in Georgia.”