The former chairman of the Fulton County Commission is hoping to bring his experience to Washington, D.C.
Democrat John Eaves is one of more than a dozen candidates who have already declared for the 2020 race for Georgia’s 7th Congressional seat, which has gained particular focus after incumbent Rob Woodall, a Republican, announced he would not seek re-election for the seat he had held since 2011.
Eaves was first elected as Fulton County chairman in 2007 and held the position until 2017, where he advocated for the expansion of MARTA, lowered business and property taxes and pushed for reforms in the criminal justice system.
“As someone who has served this region for more than 10 years, I understand the opportunities and challenges we face in the 7th District,” Eaves said in a news release. “I stand ready and prepared to use my experience to get things done.
“In Congress, I will be the strongest advocate for healthcare access and affordability, transportation and reforming our criminal justice system. This district deserves someone that has a record of building bridges while standing firm on our Democratic values to win for the people of this district.”
Eaves has earned degrees from Morehouse College, Yale University and the University of South Carolina and has served as a reginal manager for the Peace Corps, taught at Kennesaw State University and was assistant dean of Clayton State University.
He lives in Norcross and has two children, Isaac and Keturah.
The race is getting attention from both parties at the national level, and Eaves will have a number of other Democrats jockeying for the nomination.
Along with Eaves, Carolyn Bourdeaux – who lost to Woodall in 2018 by around 400 votes – is running again in 2020, along with other Democratic hopefuls in state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero (D-99), activist Nabilah Islam and attorney Marqus Cole.
On the Republican side, the race includes longtime state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), former Home Depot executive Lynne Homrich, former Atlanta Falcons player Joe Profit, Air Force veteran Ben Bullock, businessman Mark Gonsalves, physician Rich McCormick, co-founder of the Conservative Diversity Alliance Jacqueline Tseng, former education executive Lerah Lee and former college professor Lisa Noel Babbage.Parties will select their candidates in primaries next May before the November election.