Republican activist Ethan Underwood on Tuesday announced he’ll run for the northeast Georgia seat that’s being vacated by U.S. Rep. Doug Collins with a promise to be a “battle-ready Republican leader” for the conservative district in Congress.
“While Washington is embroiled in a hostile, philosophical fight, northeast Georgia communities care about problems and solutions in real life,” said Underwood. “I will work relentlessly to clear the path for our citizens to make a living and pursue happiness.”
Underwood, a former chair of the Forsyth County GOP, joins a growing field seeking to succeed Collins as he runs for a U.S. Senate seat. Other candidates in the ruby-red district include state Reps. Matt Gurtler of Tiger and Kevin Tanner of Dawsonville and state Sen. John Wilkinson of Toccoa.
Former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun also plans to run for the seat.
In his announcement, Underwood emphasized roots in northeast Georgia dating back to the 1830s and his upbringing in Ringgold, on the Tennessee state line. Now a resident of Forsyth County, Underwood is an attorney specializing in property law.
Collins announced he was giving up the seat earlier this month to challenge U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who also faces several Democrats in a free-for-all November election to fill the final two years of retired U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s term.
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