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Attorney enters race for state seat

LILBURN -- Local attorney Keith Royal entered his name into the House District 102 race.

Royal, a Republican, is seeking the state House seat after Rep. Clay Cox announced he would run for Congress.

"Now more than ever, we need a new conservative leader with real experience and fresh ideas who we can trust to solve the challenges we face in Georgia," Royal said in a press release. "In the State House, I will work hard to cut spending and reform the budget process, to cut taxes on our families and to spur job growth in District 102. I will work closely with local officials and the Community Improvement Districts to revitalize the area and create jobs. I will work to improve and protect the stellar quality of our schools. Most importantly, I will protect our conservative values."

Royal worked as an assistant attorney general for the state before opening his own law practice in 1987, an experience that he said helps him understand the struggles of small businesses.

As a father to two daughters, he is a longtime softball and basketball coach at the Mountain Park Athletic Association.

In July's GOP primary, Royal is expected to face political consultant Travis Bowden and Realtor Linda Carsten.