Betty Price, Dave McCleary qualify in House race to replace the late Harry Geisinger

A long-rumored GOP fight for the House seat made vacant by the death of state Rep. Harry Geisinger of Roswell acquired form and substance today.

Dr. Betty Price, wife of U.S. Rep. Tom Price and a member of the Roswell city council qualified for the race today. As did Dave McCleary, a longtime activist with deep roots in several Republican campaigns.

The special election for the District 48 seat has been set for July 14.

Given her resume (she’s an anesthesiologist by training) and her husband’s growing clout in Washington, you would think that Betty Price would be an unquestioned favorite. From the press release:

“I've always had a passion to serve our community and care for others, said Dr. Price, a Republican. “With five years of service on City Council and with extensive volunteer work in our North Fulton community, I've worked to make a positive difference. I will continue that commitment in our state legislature.”

Dr. Price has lived in Roswell for over 30 years. She was appointed to the city's Design Review Board in 2007 and has also served on the boards of the Roswell Historical Society, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Senior Services North Fulton, Roswell Woman’s Club, Friends of the Roswell Library, Every Woman Works and the Fulton County Board of Health. She currently serves on the Drake House Advisory Council and has given classes for Seniors Enriched Living.

But her opponent has a hefty resume as well, and appears to be laying claim to Harry Geisinger’s blessing. From the press release:

Dave has been a very involved in civic and community service over the years. He became a member of the Roswell Rotary Club in 2002 and served as President in 2010….

“I have worked hard on many campaigns serving as State Co-Chair for Herman Cain’s Presidential campaign; Fulton County Co-Chair of Senator David Perdue’s campaign; 6th District Co-Chair for Senator Johnny Isakson’s 2004 and 2010 Campaigns; Fulton County Co-Chair for Congressman Tom Price’s 2006 campaign; and Co-Chair of Harry Geisinger’s grassroots campaigns since 2004. I greatly respected Harry and his work ethic. I am glad to have called him friend and mentor. It would be a real honor to serve and work hard for the people of my community,” said McCleary.

Well, shucky ducky. Keep your eye on this one.

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.