It was the tightest U.S. House race in the nation last year, and Democrats hope to squeeze even more votes from the district in 2020 with a presidential race on the ballot. Republicans are banking on President Donald Trump’s presence on the ticket to help energize turnout.
Floyd will face former Home Depot executive Lynne Homrich, another first-time candidate running as an outsider, in the GOP primary. Ex-NFL running back Joe Profit is also running as a Republican, and state Sen. Renee Unterman is widely expected to jump in the race.
The Democratic ticket is even more crowded. Carolyn Bourdeaux, who lost to Woodall by less than 500 votes, is running again. State Rep. Brenda Lopez, the first Latina elected to the Georgia Legislature, announced her bid last week. Attorney Marqus Cole, former Fulton Commission chair John Eaves and party organizer Nabilah Islam are also in the contest.
Floyd was a machine gunner in the Marines who served overseas during three deployments, including several combat operations in Iraq. A graduate of George Washington University, he’s a former vice president of the Black Conservative Federation and worked with several veterans-related groups.
In a statement, Floyd said he was ready to “protect the 7th District from a runaway government and its overreach.”
“Our country has fought against Nazi fascism, Soviet communism, and radical terrorism,” he said. “The battle of this decade will be remembered as a fight against domestic socialism. I am ready to fight back against identity politics, entitlement, and elitism.”