A freshman state lawmaker has announced her campaign for Congress.
Democrat Zahra Karinshak, who represents the District 48 state Senate seat, recently announced she would run for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District. She is the latest candidate in a crowded field of candidates hoping to replace Rep. Rob Woodall, who announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.
“As you know, I am a military veteran, federal prosecutor, state Senator and mother, and I would be honored to represent you in Congress to fight for quality, affordable healthcare for all of us, a world-class education for all of our children and reproductive health services for women and quality healthcare for veterans,” Karinshak said in a campaign announcement video on Twitter.
Karinshak was first elected to the state Senate seat in 2018, defeating Republican Matt Reeves.
She is a partner with Krevolin & Horst, LLC of Atlanta, has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia for eight years and previously was deputy executive council for then-Gov. Roy Barnes.
Karinshak is a graduate of Emory University School of Law and the United States Air Force Academy.
During her military career, Karinshak rose to the rank of captain and had received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service and the Air Force Commendation medals.
The District 7 race, which makes up the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, is getting national attention from both parties, and Karinshak joins a number of Democrats seeking the seat.
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, former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves 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.