Greene has come under fire for embracing groups with extemist ties. She has also been criticized for social media posts that promote conspiracy group QAnon's theories.
Cowan lives and works in Rome. He has not run for public office before, and owns multiple businesses. One of his businesses, Cortex Toys, relies on trade and manufacturing from China.
He earned scrutiny after criticizing China’s response to the coronavirus outbreak while having business ties to the country.
Cowan said that he wanted his business to manufacture entirely in the U.S., but certain parts had to be created in China. He is in process of selling the company.
His deep roots in northwest Georgia draw voters to him, campaign manager Spencer Hogg said.
“John is the hometown candidate. There were a lot of great people running, and we are looking forward to unifying the district,” Hogg said.
The winner of the GOP runoff will face Democrat Kevin Van Ausdal in November. The information technology consultant who lives in Catoosa County had no primary opponent.
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