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Korean businessman, veteran jumps into Republican field for District 7

A Republican veteran and businessman announced his campaign for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District.

Eugene Yu announced this week he would be seeking the seat currently held by Rep. Rob Woodall, who was first elected in 2010 and announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Yu was born in Incheon, South Korea and moved to Augusta in high school, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1977.

“I have lived and worked as a legal immigrant chasing the American dream for many years,” Yu said in a news release. “I understand and want to protect hard-working American values. America is still the number one country in the world, and I will work to keep it that way for our future generations.”

Yu described himself as a conservative who believes in “smaller government, lower taxes, fair trade and less intrusion from the government in our personal lives. “

“Our elected officials have become overbearing and self-serving. They feel like they are the leaders and know what is best for the people. They are wrong! They should be working for the people and find out what their constituents want from the government,” Yu said. “I will listen and deliver the message my voters want me to send to Washington.”

Yu ran for the Republican nomination for Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, which includes Augusta and 17 counties in eastern Georgia, in 2014 and 2018 and briefly ran for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Saxby Chambliss, which was ultimately won by Sen. David Perdue, in 2014 before he withdrew to run for the House seat.

Yu served in the Army and has been a factory worker, firefighter and worked in law enforcement before becoming an entrepreneur. He and his wife, Jonie, have been married for 40 years and are parents and grandparents.

The District 7 race has been a big target for both Republicans and Democrats and was hotly contested in 2018 when Woodall beat Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by about 400 votes after more than 280,000 ballots were cast,

Along with Yu, Republicans running for the seat are longtime state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), physician Rich McCormick, former Home Depot executive Lynne Homrich, former Atlanta Falcons player Joe Profit, Air Force veteran Ben Bullock, businessman Mark Gonsalves, co-founder of the Conservative Diversity Alliance Jacqueline Tseng, former education executive Lerah Lee and former college professor Lisa Noel Babbage.

The Democrats also have a packed field, with Bourdeaux running again in 2020, along with other Democratic hopefuls in District 99 state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero, activist Nabilah Islam, former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, District 48 state Sen. Zahra Karinshak and Rashid Malik, who ran for the seat in 2016.

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