The next election for congressional seats won’t happen until 2020, but U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., already has one Democratic opponent.

Snellville resident and attorney Marqus Cole announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for the 7th Congressional District seat, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties, on Twitter on Monday. In his campaign announcement, Cole evoked U.S. Reps. John Lewis and Lucy McBath, both D-Ga., as well as former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

“I am pleased and honored to announce my candidacy to represent Georgia’s 7th Congressional District,” Cole said in a statement. “The continued dysfunction in Washington is hurting Georgia families and we need a voice in Congress that is committed to moving our district, and our state forward.

“I look forward to meeting the great people of district 7th and listening to the issues affecting their family.”

Cole is an early 2020 contender for a seat that drew several Democrat candidates in 2018 and will likely draw more candidates. Democrat Carolyn Bourdeaux came close to beating Woodall in a fall race that was so tight a recount was needed to verify the results.

It remains to be seen how many other Democrats will line up to run for the seat or if Woodall, who also faced a Republican last spring, will face any challengers from within his own party in 2020.

Woodall staying on House committees for budget, transportation

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall’s office recently announced he will remain on the House of Representatives’ Budget Committee as well as its Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

Those committees deal with areas that Woodall has been active in during his time in Congress. He will also serve on the House Rules Committee, according to his office.

Johnson named chair of House intellectual property subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., announced this past week that he will hold a leadership role in Congress over the next two years through a subcommittee chairmanship.

Johnson’s office said he has been picked to serve as the chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet. The committee deals with bills that involve internet and intellectual property law issues as well as administration of federal courts, federal rules of evidence, civil and appellate procedure, judicial ethics and the Legal Services Corporation.

“The internet is a ubiquitous tool in our lives, and as the Trump Administration tries to kill net neutrality, I am eager to take on the challenge of ensuring that the internet remains open to all content regardless of source,” Johnson said in a statement. “Content must be available without discrimination and accessible to all.”

Political Notebook appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

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