Two more candidates enter race for congressional seat

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The GOP candidate list for Congress has grown to seven -- more than doubling in the last week.

On Friday, Peachtree Corners man Tom Parrott and Snellville's Bill Malone entered the fray.

"I'm running for Congress because it's time we had a strong voice in Washington, not just a party-line vote from yet another career politician," said Malone, a tax and accounting professional, volunteer and father of three. "We've stood by while our children's futures have been mortgaged to fund crippling entitlement programs and an out-of-control government machine. We need a fiscally conservative leader with practical solutions and no political debt -- one who will truly represent the will of the people with intelligence, common sense, and uncompromising integrity."

Parrott, an IBM sales executive, described himself as a constitutional conservative.

"I've got to make a difference," said Parrott, who said his life experiences, including fighting to Vietnam, sending two sons to fight in Iraq and working as a farmer, have prepared him for a lot of the issues in Washington. "Going to Congress shouldn't be somebody's career. It should be a chance to safeguard the Constitution."

Seeking the 7th Congressional district being vacated by John Linder, the men will be listed on July primary ballots along with state Rep. Clay Cox, former Linder Chief of Staff Rob Woodall, Walton businessman Tom Kirby, Walton minister Jody Hice and Duluth resident James "Jef" Fincher.