Education: Chattahoochee High School, attended Georgia Institute of Technology
Background: Member of North Point Community Church, member of Forsyth County Tea Party, youth baseball, basketball and football coach, member of Forsyth County Republican Party, leader of married community group at North Point Community Church
Family: Wife, Brooke, and three children
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Education: Bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Glennon College, law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law
Background: Member of Good Shepherd Church, Lake Lanier Association, National Rifle Association, Georgia Right to Life and Georgia Bar Association
Family: Wife, Michele
There are no incumbents in the race for the newly created District 26 state House seat. However, one candidate has served on the state House before.
Tom Knox served as a House representative until 2010, when he left his position to run for state insurance commissioner.
“I had a pretty good run,” Knox said. “I’ve always felt like I’ve had an obligation to serve the community and give something back. I’m just a patriot, I guess. I want to see this country improve.”
While he’s never held state office, candidate Geoff Duncan said he brings “passion and perspective.”
“My family faces the same challenges every other family in this county faces,” he said. “I have a track record of being a leader as a small business owner, and someone who has the energy, commitment and character not just to move the legislative ball a few inches, but move it miles.”
Duncan played professional baseball for the Florida Marlins before moving to Forsyth County. He’s since become a business owner, working as a builder. He has three sons, who he said inspire him.
“I want to make a difference for my kids’ generation,” he said. “I want to see folks get elected that have passion and perspective and to not just talk about making change, but … to actually make change.”
Knox said his previous work as a House representative shows his commitment to the state.
“I’ve got a record to run on and I’m proud of it,” he said. “The people in Forsyth County have elected me five times to the state House … so they like what I do. I’ve already done what other people are talking about doing and I’ve got the experience to do it again.”
Knox said his top priorities would be job growth, lower taxes, limited government and reduced spending. He said he would also be committed to making sure President Barack Obama’s federal health care plan does not get implemented in Georgia.
Duncan said “priority No. 1 is quality private-sector jobs.” Other top priorities include shrinking the size of government and to “passionately address Forsyth County’s water issues at every level.”