This is who is running for Georgia’s 14th Congressional seat

This is who is running for Georgia's 14th Congressional seat

Staff photo by Doug Strickland / A number of candidates are running to replace Rep. Tom Graves, seen at right talking to a constituent at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, in Dalton, Ga. Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, a historically conservative pocket of the state, is up for grabs in November. In December, Republican Rep. Tom Graves surprised the state and many in his own party when he announced he would not run for re-election. Graves will leave office as the senior-most Republican in Georgia’s House delegation. With Graves out, that makes room for a new member to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. All of the candidates in the race on the Republican ticket align with each other on most, if not all, issues. They support President Donald Trump, oppose abortion and have said they will fight for the Second Amendment. Nine candidates have qualified to fill his spot. With so many candidates and no clear front runner, the June 9 balloting is expected to lead to an August 11 runoff election to pick a Republican nominee. The winner will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. Georgia’s 14th Congressional District includes Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Whitfield and parts of Pickens counties. Here are the candidates for the 14th District: Kevin Van Ausdal — Facing an uphill battle as the field’s only Democrat, Ausdal is originally from Indiana and has lived in Northwest Georgia since […]

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