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28 December 2009

Democrat Joins Ninth Congressional District Race

For most of 2009, it seemed like every Republican in north Georgia wanted to take a shot at becoming the next United States Representative from the 9th congressional district. To date, five Republicans have filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission to begin raising money for a potential 2010 campaign. Now the first Democrat, Mike Freeman, is throwing his hat in the ring.

Mike Freeman, chairman of the Hall County Democrats, registered with the Federal Election Commission to run for the seat that Nathan Deal will leave next year. Deal is seeking the Republican nomination in the race for governor of Georgia.

Freeman, 71, joins the congressional race with seven Republican and one conservative independent candidate, in what he says is an effort to turn up the volume on the Democratic voice that has not been heard in North Georgia for years.

Fielding, Ashley (2009-12-23). Freeman jumps into crowded 9th District House race. Gainesville Times. Retrieved on 2009-12-28.


Realistically, Freeman is running for a seat on the state Democratic committee (all Democratic nominees for Congress are ex-officio members of the Georgia Democratic Party's highest governing authority). For the past four elections (2008, 2006, 2004 and 2000; Deal was unopposed in 2002), the Democratic nominee has garnered only 24.6 of the vote against Nathan Deal. The 9th congressional district to Democrats is like the 4th congressional district is to Republicans; run there and defeat is virtually assured.