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Meet the first GOP candidates to enter the race for District 7
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Joe Profit, left, and Lynne Homrich have both declared their candidacy in recent days for the Republican nomination for the 7th Congressional District. (Photos from Profit campaign website, Homrich campaign ad)

Following the announcement earlier this year that U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, a Republican, would not seek re-election for the District 7 seat he has held since 2011, several Democratic candidates announced plans to run for the seat, but until recently, it was much quieter on the Republican side.

Now at least two conservatives have recently thrown their hat in the ring.

Republicans Joe Profit and Lynne Homrich recently announced they were running for the party’s nomination in 2020 for the seat representing the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.

Profit, a businessman and former first-round NFL draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons, said on his website that he wants to run to solve problems affecting those living in the district.

“I’m running because I believe the District needs to retain the type of representation that truly understands the interests and aspirations of its diverse population,” his website states. “We have new challenges and new opportunities; and in order to move forward, we must do so in the best interest of our community.

“I bring the type of perspective that is based on a winning, successful strategy that I gained through my personal life experiences. Along the way, I became a three-time author, published 16 kids’ books in two different languages, and raised my family.”

Profit has owned Burger King and IHOP franchises across Georgia and is the founder and CEO of Communications International Corporation, a multimedia firm. He has served on the Federal Reserve Bank, Atlanta, Ga., Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Small Business Advisory Committee, the International Trade Board Subcommittee for Policy, International Trade Board Subcommittee for Policy, the White House Small Business Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Transportation Advisory Board.

He is pro-life and supports Second Amendment rights, reducing regulation and criminal justice reform.

Homrich, former vice president of human resources for Home Depot and a non-profit executive, committed on her website to preserving conservative ideals, including protecting Second Amendment rights, private health care, increased national defense and bringing more jobs to the state.

“We need more people with business experience in government. I was an executive at Home Depot and I have run a successful small business. I know how to create jobs and I want to take this experience to Washington,” she said.

“Thanks to President Trump, we’ve come a long way in the past few years and the economy is booming. In Congress, I will fight to make sure the Federal government is staying out of the way and that Atlanta’s economy can grow, families can climb the economic ladder, and young people have economic opportunity.

Homrich is a graduate of Purdue University. She has lived in the Atlanta area for 30 years with her husband, David, with whom she has three sons and a daughter.

The winner of The Republican primary, held next May, will face the winner of the Democratic Primary in November 2020.

Democrats Nabliah Islam, Marqus Cole, John Eaves and Carolyn Bourdeaux, who ran against Woodall in 2018, have announced they would run for the seat.