Five-term state House member Hugh Floyd announced this week he would run for his sixth term.
Floyd, D-Norcross, lives in one of the most diverse districts in Gwinnett. In fact, the newly redrawn District 99 is the only district in the state with a Hispanic majority.
"Thanks to the tremendous support of the voters over the past 10 years, I have been able to gain the legislative experience and build the relationships to effectively represent the people of the 99th District here in southwest Gwinnett County," Floyd said. "In addition to dealing with the ongoing economic challenges facing the Georgia these days, the General Assembly has many other issues that must be addressed. Experienced leadership is needed at the State Capitol now more than ever."
The retired sales executive has been involved in his community for decades, including serving eight terms as president of the Meadowcreek High School Parent Teacher Student Association, as well as band booster president, area representative for the Gwinnett County PTA Council, volunteer student mentor at Lilburn Middle School and member of the Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent's Council.
In recent years he has been active with the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, the Gwinnett Alliance for Youth and many other organizations.
"In the weeks and months ahead," Floyd said, "I look forward to meeting with the people of the 99th District, including many voters who are new to our district as the result of reapportionment, and hearing your concerns and views on the issues facing our state."
So far, no candidates have emerged to face Floyd in the July 31 Democratic primary or the Nov. 6 general election.
For more information on the House member, go to www.hughfloyd.com.Pallen runs for CongressAn Oxford man is the latest person to enter the race for Congress in District 4, which includes portions of Gwinnett.
Greg Pallen, who is a businessman in Conyers, will seek the Republican nomination for the seat currently held by Democrat Hank Johnson.
"For too long, our district has been represented by the incumbent who is more interested in his own political position rather than the needs of his district," Pallen said. "Rather than serve the citizens of the district, our representative has served his own self-interests. That stops today. I'm running a grassroots campaign for representative because I believe that the only way to solve the problems facing our district is through an open, honest government working in close collaboration with everyone who is willing to help."
Chris Vaughn and Catherine Davis are also seeking the GOP nod on the July 31 ballots, and earlier this week news broke that former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney would try to regain her old seat, running on the Green Party ticket.
Pallen said he stands out.
"My home and my business are in District 4, which is why I care so passionately about my district and its people. I'm not a D.C. politician," Pallen said. "I want to be your Congressman so that I can be your voice to bring the issues and the concerns of the citizens of the 4th district to Washington and affect change, improving the quality of life of everyone here in Georgia."
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