The AJC’s Jeremy Redmon filed this report yesterday.
The pack of contenders is pretty diverse. Some have political experience. Others are newcomers inspired to run by their anger with Washington.
U.S. Rep. John Linder’s chief of staff is running for the seat. So is a state legislator. A syndicated talk show host is also among the group along with a prosecutor, a flight attendant, a state government retiree, a CPA and a human resources executive. There would have been a ninth GOP candidate had state Sen. Don Balfour not pulled out of the race in March.
“I’m surprised there are not a few more candidates in the race. An open congressional seat is not something that happens every day,” said Brandon Doty, chairman of the 7th Congressional District for the Georgia Republican Party. Still, Doty said: “We have got some really good choices.”
The eight Republicans are vying to replace Linder, who is retiring after about 18 years in office. His solidly conservative 7th District includes most of Gwinnett County, parts of Forsyth and Newton counties and all of Barrow and Walton counties.