Two candidates are throwing their names into the race for Georgia’s Congressional seat.
Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced he will not seek re-election to serve as our US Representative for the 3rd district.
The third district covers a big chunk of western Georgia from Peachtree City to Columbus.
And these two candidates want your vote now that Westmoreland is not seeking re-election.
Just a couple weeks ago district -three Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced his retirement at the end of the year saying “It’s time to pass the torch to our next conservative voice.”
His Field Rep Colin Martin held a mobile office in LaGrange Tuesday.
Rep. Westmoreland Field Representative Colin Martin says, “Congressman Westmoreland has announced he’s not running for Congress. He going to retire. There’s lots of speculation about what he’s going to do next. I can’t comment on that.”
There are still weeks before qualifying ends – but so far two Republicans have emerged as candidates to fill the seat.
The first to announce – Georgia State Senator Mike Crane.
The legislature is currently in session so he spoke to us by phone.
Senator Mike Crane (R-GA) says, “I probably have the most conservative record of any candidate that will put their name forward for this race.”
Crane, surrounded by state leaders at the Georgia Capitol, announced that he would run. Columbus State Senator Josh McKoon had considered a run but is now throwing his support behind Crane.
Crane says this Congressional District is one of the most conservative in the state and some of the most conservative state leaders are endorsing him.
“It’s not going to be a question to the voters of what type of representation we’ll present in Washington. If you get anybody else that enters the race that doesn’t have a legislative background, they can say what they’re going to do in Washington but they won’t be able to prove it.”>
West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson announced Monday that he also plans to run for Westmoreland’s seat.
“We know what it takes. We need Washington to get out of the way and we need local communities and state and county governments and give them the opportunities to succeed.”
While Ferguson has been in office – he says West Point has seen a revitalization and an economic boom seen nowhere else in Georgia – 14,000 new jobs were created in the last few years – thanks in part to the KIA plant – and he says he’s managed to lower taxes.
“What we don’t need is people who say no to everything and burn bridges. We need people to come across as bridge builders and we need people that can lead. I can do that and I know we can make this district great.”
According to sources – more candidates could be throwing their hats in the ring soon.