The founder of the Forsyth County Tea Party has announced his intention to run for the District 27 state Senate seat in the July 31 Republican primary.
“I didn’t like the things I saw and heard and I decided that I could do a better job and … represent the citizens of this county better,” Steve Voshall said.
“I want to get Georgia and our county back to the standards and the economics that we all hoped that we could be at.”
The senate seat is currently held by Jack Murphy, a Republican who is seeking a fourth term to the office he’s held since 2007.
Qualifying for the primary is set for May 23-25.
Murphy said he will be running on his experience in the state legislature, adding he will “look forward to any debates that we may have and will be glad to put my record up for what I’ve done for the county and the state over the past 10 years.”
Voshall, who grew up in Georgia, moved to Forsyth in 2001, shortly after starting a business in the county.
A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in risk management, he is the owner of Financial Benefit Group Inc. He and his wife, Stacey, have two daughters.
Voshall said his disappointment with Murphy is what inspired him to run for office.
“He was in the position on the Banking and Financial Institutions Committee to have helped the [bank failure] situation and instead that didn’t happen,” he said. “I think the people in this county are seeing through that now,” he said.
“I’ve had a great deal of interested people who contacted me and asked me to consider running … I looked into it, put a lot of thought into it, did a lot of research on Jack and I didn’t like the things I saw and I heard.”
Job creation would be the top priority if elected, Voshall said, followed by taxes, transportation and ethics.
He plans to step down as chairman of the local tea party when he runs. A new chairman will be elected at the organization’s June meeting.
“It was never my intent to make the tea party about me, but rather about the issues and our country,” Voshall said. “I have many capable volunteers and leaders who are ready to take over when I step down.
“I have met many new people, and due to our love for our country we have become friends … I will always be connected to the tea party.”