Atlanta, GA – A new map of Georgia's Congressional districts still needs Governor Deal's signature and federal approval. But that didn't stop a state lawmaker with ties to Deal from announcing today he's the first to run for what will be Georgia's newest seat in Congress. Once he knew the new 9th Congressional district was going to be in Northeast Georgia, Gainesville Republican Doug Collins started testing the waters.
"We've been talking to a lot of folks over the last few months," said Collins.
One of the folks he talked to was Governor Nathan Deal. Deal lives in Collins' state House district. Earlier this year, Collins led the Governor's effort to reform HOPE Scholarship spending. But Collins says none of that means he has Deal's endorsement.
"We look forward to earning his support along with the First Lady," said Collins. "I've had the pleasure of knowing them for many years. I look forward to earning their support as we go forward."
But, with the new district centered on Hall County, support from Governor Deal, a former Congressman himself, could be major in electing Georgia's newest member of Congress.