Who’s running in Georgia’s 9th Congressional District

Shortly after Rep. Doug Collins announced he would run for U.S. Senate, a dozen people rushed to fill his space in District 9.

The Northeast Georgia district was created in 2011 during the reapportionment process, and Collins has been the only person to hold this seat.

Collin, running for a fourth term in 2018, won with nearly 80 percent of the vote. The district is considered a Republican stronghold.

However, the contest has still attracted three Democratic candidates in addition to nine Republicans.

Here’s who we’re watching:


Ready, aim … Former congressman and current congressional candidate Paul Broun lets loose with his AR-15. Screenshot from Broun campaign video

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Former U.S. Rep Paul Broun

Details: Broun was first elected to U.S. Congress in 2007 in the 10th District Special election. He was re-elected 3 more times. Broun gained internet fame when he released a campaigned video touting an AR-15 rifle and promised to give the gun to one person who signed up for his email list in early April. In 2016, Broun's chief of staff indicted in connection with allegedly misusing taxpayer money to finance campaign activities and obstructing a congressional investigation into the matter, leading people to scrutinize the ethics of Broun's campaign.

March 7, 2019 Atlanta - Rep. Matt Gurtler speaks to support HB 481, which would outlaw abortions once a doctor can detect a heartbeat in the womb, in the House Chambers during Crossover day at the Capitol on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Hundreds of bills hang in the balance at the Georgia Capitol on Thursday, the self-imposed deadline for legislation to pass at least one chamber. Dozens of bills ranging from the hotly contested to the mundane will be debated on Crossover Day, which occurs on the 28th business day of each year's 40-day legislative session. HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM


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State Rep. Matt Gurtler

Details: Gurtler has served two terms representing Tiger in the Georgia State House. He voted "no" 40% of the time in his first term, more than any other state legislator. His re-election was opposed by Speaker of the House David Ralston and former Governor Nathan Deal. Gurtler is a general contractor in addition to being a legislator.

State Rep. Kevin Tanner’s transit expansion bill failed to pass the General Assembly on Tuesday. But it remains alive for next year’s session. EMILY HANEY / emily.haney@ajc.com

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State Rep. Kevin Tanner

Details: Tanner has been a member of the State House since  2013, and he is most known for his proposed rural transportation bill. The bill would have allowed rural counties to raise sales taxes for transit expansion, but drew significant opposition from Georgia Department of Transportation and ultimately failed in the senate. He represents Dawsonville and owns multiple businesses, including a real estate company and a contracting business.

Ethan Underwood

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Ethan Underwood, attorney

Details: Underwood is a Forsyth resident and property lawyer. He served as Chairman of the Forsyth County Republican Party from 2009-2013. His daughter has been cancer-free for 15 years, and Underwood has said that access private healthcare is one of his priorities. He ran to represent Cumming in the Georgia House in 2015 but was unsuccessful.

State Sen. John Wilkinson, R-Toccoa, at the state Capitol in Atlanta on February 19, 2013. JASON GETZ / AJC.COM

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State Sen. John Wilkinson 

Details: Wilkinson was the first candidate to enter the race and announced his candidacy minutes after Collins announced his U.S. Senate bid.  The Tocoa native has been a member of the State Senate since 2011 and has served as chairman of the  Agricultural Committee and Secretary of the Majority Caucus. He is a teacher and a farmer.

Other Republican Candidates: Crane operator Michael Boggus, armory CEO Andrew Clyde, retired law enforcement officer Maria Strickland, and gun store owner Kellie Weeks.


Veteran Devin Pandy, small business owner Brooke Siskin, and retired minister Dan Wilson have all qualified for the Democratic primary.