Rep. David Casas will seek reelection to the State House, avoiding a primary battle against Sen. Don Balfour.
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LAWRENCEVILLE – State Rep. David Casas (R-Lilburn) announced Friday he will seek re-election to his seat in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Casas will immediately suspend his campaign for a Georgia state Senate seat to replace Sen. Don Balfour (R-Snellville), who announced in March he was retiring to run for another office then changed his mind. Last Friday, Balfour said he would qualify next week for his state Senate seat.
“Now is not the time to divide our great team of Gwinnett legislators in primary battles when we need to focus on creating jobs and growing the economy for all of Georgia,” said Casas. “I would be honored to continue representing the great people of the 103rd District and work on creative ideas to get Georgia’s economy back on track.”
House Speaker David Ralston applauded Casas’ decision.
“David’s conservative ideals and passion for education make him a true asset to the House,” said Ralston. “There will be a lot of turnover with retirements this year and we need strong, young leaders like David to continue the important work ahead of us. I am thrilled he has decided to continue his service in the Georgia House.”
Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones said Casas has been a visionary on education reform issues, particularly as he sponsored Georgia’s $50 million tuition tax credit program in 2008 that has gained national acclaim.
“When education issues come before the House, my colleagues and I turn to David for his experience and knowledge,” Jones said. “We need him here to help craft policy. I’m glad he’s staying.”
Casas is serving his fourth and currently represents the 103rd in the Georgia House. He serves as vice-chairman of the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee and is a member of the powerful House Rules Committee which screens bills before coming to the floor for a vote.
Gwinnett State Senator David Shafer (R-Duluth), Gwinnett Rep. Clay Cox (R-Lilburn), candidate for Congress, and Rep. Donna Sheldon (R-Dacula), chair of the House Republican Caucus, are among the many elected officials that have endorsed Casas.