The AJC is reporting that Rep. Woodall (R, GA-7) will not be seeking re-election for a sixth term in 2020 due to political and personal issues, including the loss of his father.
Larry Sabato had listed GA-7 as a toss-up race, and the 2018 race came down to less than 500 votes. The Democratic Party is very interested in picking up this seat, especially after their victory in GA-6 last year. Woodall’s Democratic opponent, Carolyn Bourdeaux, has already announced her intentions to run again.
The AJC lists a few Republicans who may join the race: U.S. Attorney and former state legislator B.J. Pak; state Sen. Renee Unterman; ex-state Rep. Scott Hilton; former state Sen. David Shafer and ex-state Rep. Buzz Brockway. Don Balfour’s name has also been mentioned as a possible candidate from other sources.
“Doing what you love requires things of you, and having had that family transition made me start to think about those things that I have invested less in because I’ve been investing more here.”
“There are going to be a lot of cooks in the kitchen in here, and even as adamant as I am about the way I want to run the show, it would have been harder to keep control over a message as outside groups come in on both sides.”
Previously announced candidate Marqus Cole shared the following comment via a press release:
“Today’s announcement serves as an acknowledgement by the Republican Party and Representative Woodall of his ineffective representation of the 7th district. The need for a fresh voice for our community is clear. I am ready to effectively serve the people of the 7th district and be the representative they deserve. We need a representative ready to stand up to President Trump and support legislation that will protect voting rights, improve our healthcare system, and strengthen our economy for working and middle class families. I look forward to the continued opportunity to earn the support of my neighbors in Gwinnett and Forsyth County.”