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Tam makes bid for House post
Commissioner touts business savvy
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Brian Tam - photo by Submitted
Brian Tam has announced his candidacy for the state House of Representatives from District 24.

The Republican For-syth County commissioner hopes to succeed Tom Knox, who is running for state insurance and safety fire commissioner.

“After having the experience of serving on the board of commissioners, I can see what the needs are of this county and the people of the 24th district,” said Tam, who represents south Forsyth in District 2 on the county commission.

“I am committed to continuing to ensure our community reaches new heights.”

A 15-year county resident, Tam operates Tam’s Backstage restaurant in downtown Cumming with his wife, Kelly. The couple lives in south Forsyth with their three children.

His business experience will help him in his House campaign, he said.

“As a small business operator, I understand what it takes to maintain a budget and to meet a payroll,” he said. “In these tough times, we need leaders who understand how to create jobs and revitalize our economy.”

The Tams have received numerous awards and honors, including the Partners in Education Gold-Level award from the Forsyth County school system.

Tam said he will vacate his post on the commission, where he has served for five years, when he qualifies to run for state office in April. There will be more than two years remaining on the term.

Tam is no stranger to campaigning. During his 2008 commission re-election bid, he raised about three times more money than his competitors.

Tam was re-elected with more than 55 percent of the vote, despite facing three challengers in the Republican primary.

“With the continued support of Forsyth County voters, I will ensure Forsyth County has a strong voice in the state legislature,” Tam said.

Knox has served nearly a decade in the state House. The office of state insurance and safety fire commissioner is currently held by John Oxendine, who is running for governor.  

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