It official, Tricia Pridemore is running for Congress in the 11th Congressional District.
Charlie is at the Pridemore For Congress event in Marietta and sends this photo. I imagine he’ll have something to say about this soon.
What does this mean for the race for the 11th?
Here’s a completely unscientific online poll for your amusement.
Updated by Charlie: I attended the event. So did “A Lot” of other folks. The crowd filled the banquet room at Poe’s (larger than their main dining room), and spilled both into the main room and out onto the sidewalk. Enough folks that Poe’s ran out of BBQ – but do not fear, I was able to sample some and will add a review in a later post. Perhaps most importantly, Tricia didn’t announce at a place that puts green vegetables in their Brunswick Stew. She clearly has standards.
….And now we have the official press release:
Republican Tricia Pridemore Announces for Congress
Marietta Businesswoman to Run for 11th Congressional District
Marietta, GA (May 13, 2013) – Marietta Businesswoman Tricia Pridemore announced today her candidacy for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District to replace Congressman Phil Gingery.
“After a great deal of prayer, much discussion with my family and friends, and encouragement from so many throughout our community, I am excited to announce my candidacy for Congress,” Pridemore said. “I strongly believe, our country demands new leadership and a return to common-sense conservative principles. I look forward to bringing principled leadership, a true desire to serve our community and real world experience to Congress.”
Pridemore, a resident of Marietta, made her announcement to a group of over 200 supporters at Dave Poe’s BBQ in Marietta on Monday night. Pridemore, a technology entrepreneur and pioneer in the online marketing industry, stressed to those gathered the need to put Georgia and our nation back to work by fostering an economic environment that encourages growth and small business innovation. Nearly two decades ago, she and her husband started a marketing automation software company in the guest room of their home, growing the business into a multi-million dollar organization servicing some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies.
“During my career in the private sector, I had the privilege of working with some of our country’s leading job creators and innovative thinkers. We worked hard, created jobs, made payroll and were able to realize the American Dream. We took a risk and started our own business because of the economic opportunities afforded in better economic times. Those setting economic policy at the national level today have made it harder for small businesses to start-up, grow and thrive. We need individuals with real-world experience who look at balanced budgets as a necessity, not an opportunity for political gamesmanship,” stated Pridemore.
After leaving the private sector, Pridemore was recruited to serve as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development where she was tasked with implementing innovative strategies to build and improve Georgia’s workforce, while driving economic growth. A well-regarded conservative activist, she’s been an active member of the Cobb Republican Party and served on several boards, including the WellStar Hospitals Foundation Board of Directors and the Republican Leadership for Georgia Board of Directors, among others. Pridemore earned a bachelor’s degree from Kennesaw State University. She and her husband, Michael, live in Marietta where they are active in the community. The Pridemores are members of Mount Paran Church in Atlanta, where Tricia serves as a mentor in the Women’s ministry.