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Former U.S. Rep. Broun plans to oppose Collins for 9th District seat

GAINESVILLE — Former U.S. Rep. Paul Broun on Thursday announced his intention to oppose 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville in the May 24 Republican primary.

The district covers north Forsyth and some or all of 19 other counties. South Forsyth is in District 7, which is represented by Republican Rob Woodall.

Broun represented the 10th District in Congress from 2007-15. In 2014, he left the seat to seek the U.S. Senate post vacated by Saxby Chambliss, but lost in the primary. The seat was won by David Perdue.

Formerly of Athens, Broun has moved into the 9th District in Habersham County.

"I've had conservatives from all across the district encouraging me to run because they know that I have represented half of the counties of this district,” Broun said in a news release. “It's as much district as it is my opponent's.

"I'm fed up with what is going on in Washington, D.C. I feel like we've been betrayed by establishment Republicans and Doug Collins is part of the problem ... I'll be the people's congressman. He's the establishment's congressman."

Broun cited the Omnibus bill passed by the GOP majority in Congress as a key reason he is seeking the seat.

"That bill funded Obamacare, Planned Parenthood, the Syrian refugee plan and all the bad policies Barack Obama has put into place," he said. "It creates a bigger deficit and steals our kids' and grandkids' future and my opponent voted for it."

Also running for the seat as a Republican in the primary is Roger Fitzpatrick, an educator from Cleveland.