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Three Republican candidates will be running for the new Georgia House District 66 seat, representing Douglas County and portions of Paulding County: Bob Snelling; Mike Miller, currently on the Douglas County Board of Education; and Mickey Thompson, former Mayor of Douglasville. The Republican Primary will be held on July 31.
Republican Bob Snelling represented Douglas County from 1995 until 2003 as a state representative. He chose not to run for re-election when the Democratic majority realigned him and Rep. Bill Hembree into the same district.
Snelling has recently been asked to serve on the University of West Georgia’s Development Council for the College of Arts and Humanities.
"I'm running because we need more proven conservatives to step forward and lead Georgia," he said. "Our state legislature needs to start acting once again like the mature, honest institution that Georgians have the right to expect."
Miller is the managing attorney with the Douglasville firm of. In 2004, he was named one of Georgia Trend Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40.”
According to Miller's website, He "grew up in Douglasville, where he attended , , and graduated with honors from in 1990. Mike is proud to be a product of the ."
According to his website: He "is excited about the opportunities this new district will provide for the citizens of Douglas and Paulding counties. He has a track record of building a better government. Mickey provided the leadership that enabled Douglasville to become one of the first cities in Georgia to be selected as a City of Excellence and a Certified City of Ethics."
"Over the next few months, I look forward to visiting with the people of my district, talking with them, and answering questions," the site reads. "After that discussion, I am confident they will find that my experience, my conservative values, and my ability to bring new and better opportunities to those I serve all make me the best choice for State House Representative for District 66."
Current Chairman Tom Worthan will face former Chair Rita Rainwater in the Rebuplican primary. Rainwater was the chairman from 1993 to 2004.
Democrat Romona Jackson-Jones is also running for the chairman's seat.