A state lawmaker has announced her intention to run for the District 7 U.S. Congressional seat, which makes up the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.
On Wednesday, District 99 state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero, a Democrat representing west Gwinnett, announced her candidacy for the seat and said her campaign was “a unique opportunity to elect someone who reflects the values and the rich diversity of our district.”
“My entire life has been about surpassing barriers and beating the odds,” Lopez Romero said in a news release. “Even though I grew up with limited means, faced language barriers, and felt the hand of discrimination, I still feel privileged. I still feel lucky that I live in a country where you can immigrate at 5 years old without knowing the language, become a first-generation college and law school graduate, and one day start your own law firm and be elected to the Georgia House of Representatives.”
Lopez Romero is the principal attorney with The Lopez Firm in Norcross and has held the District 99 seat since 2017.
“Overcoming obstacles taught me the value of hard work, and I promise no one will work harder for our district,” she said. “Most candidates for Congress get their talking points from Washington, D.C. I will listen and take your priorities to Washington, D.C. I will start with a listening tour to ensure I’m focused on the priorities of the district.”
If elected, Lopez Romero said her biggest legislative priorities would be improving education, opportunities for entrepreneurship and business ownership, protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act and immigration reform.
“I’ll continue to use my expertise on immigration and international affairs to improve our world standing as a beacon of hope for democracy,” she said. “The narrative of Washington Republicans couldn’t be further from the truth. The immigrants I know are hard-working and embrace the best of American values. I will push for comprehensive immigration reform and the DREAM Act.”
Lopez Romero is a graduate of Cross Keys High School, Georgia State University and Syracuse University, where she attended law school and focused on international law, national security and comparative politics.
She is the former vice chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia’s Latino Caucus and has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic National Bar Association.
If elected, she will be the first American Latina to represent the state in Congress.
After Rep. Rob Woodall, who has held the seat since 2011, announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election, several candidates have announced they would run for the seat in 2020.
Joe Profit and Lynne Homrich recently announced they would run for the Republican nomination, and Democrats Nabliah Islam, Marqus Cole, John Eaves and Carolyn Bourdeaux, who ran against Woodall in 2018, have announced they would run for the seat.
Parties will select their candidates in primaries next May before the November election.
More information on Lopez Romero’s campaign is available at VoteBrendaLopez.com.