A Duluth resident and veteran educator who is the mother of five children is the latest candidate to jump into the growing Republican field of candidates running for the 7th Congressional District seat.

Lerah Lee recently kickoff her campaign with an event at The Lodge at W.P. Jones Memorial Park in Duluth. In a campaign announcement, she said she is running to represent the core value of residents in the district as well a “growing network of vocal supporters seeking a change.”

The 7th congressional District seat will be open in 2020 due to U.S. Rob Woodall’s, R-Ga., decision to not seek another term in office. Several Republicans and Democrats have been jumping into race since Woodall announced his plans.

“I’m excited to run in a district with a reputation for being a major economic engine in the region and also home to some of the most talented, and culturally diverse families in the Country,” Lee said in a statement.

Lee is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, and attended the Ashley Hall School. She later studied elementary education at Claflin University and earned a masters degree from Charleston Southern University in elementary administration.

She received a Ph.D. from Capella University and served as a principal and later executive director of early childhood education in the Charleston County School District.

She entered the James Kennedy Christian Statesman program, which trains people to enter the public policy arena, last fall.

Lee’s campaign said she wants to bring a “new vision and voice” to the 7th Congressional District and plans to spend “significant time” talking to residents in the district.

On her campaign website, lerahlee4ga7.com, she is listed as being pro-life and in favor of: smaller government; supporting small businesses; lower taxes; religious freedom for all people; border security and legal immigration; “the traditional values upon which this nation was founded;” and all students having access to a high quality education.

She also expressed support for “a viable health care system regardless of pre-existing conditions” on her website.

“My vision for the district seeks to tap into our strengths and strengthen it by bring solutions to improve access to health care, spur even more private sector innovation and create economic growth by continuing to tackle the burden of taxes and regulation,” Lee said in a statement.

In addition to lerahlee4ga7.com — which has information about Lee’s background, platform and how to volunteer for her campaign — she has another website, www.lerahlee.com, which is geared primarily toward collecting campaign donations.

The 7th Congressional District includes portions of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

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I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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