There are now three declared candidates for the Georgia Third District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Drew Ferguson, the mayor of West Point, announced his candidacy on Jan. 25. Cowetan Hayden Marlowe is also running for the seat, which is being vacated by Lynn Westmoreland.
State Sen. Mike Crane, R-Newnan announced his candidacy for the congressional seat Jan. 20.
Crane’s candidacy means he won’t be seeking reelection to his District 28 state senate seat. Cowetan Matt Brass, who ran for the state senate seat in 2011 and currently serves as chief of staff for Westmoreland, has announced he will seek the District 28 seat.
Ferguson, a dentist, was elected mayor of West Point in 2008. He served on the city’s council from 1997-1999. Ferguson was appointed to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council by Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012, and has served as chairman of the State Statistic Analysis Committee since 2012. In 2015, he served as chairman of the Troup County Center for Strategic Planning.
Marlowe, 25, challenged Coweta County Commissioner Al Smith in 2012.
“I have a passion for politics in general,” Marlowe said. “The fact that Lynn Westmoreland isn’t running is an opportunity that is too great to pass up. I think people are sick and tired of standard politicians. And they want somebody with real personality, somebody who can actually relate to the average American worker. I believe that’s me.”
Marlowe works in management at Piedmont Springs, a private label bottled water manufacturer in Norcross. He is married with a daughter and three stepchildren.
Cowetan Paul Hyatt said he is 90 percent sure he will be running for the congressional seat, but has not made his final decision yet.
Former State Rep. Jeff Brown of LaGrange had been considering a congressional run. He announced Sunday that he has decided against it.
Brown stated in a press release that the estimated $400,000 needed to get sufficient name recognition, the likelihood of a primary runoff, and not being led to run were some of the factors in his decision.
Qualifying for the congressional seat as well as state and local offices will be March 7-11, and the primary election will be May 24.