A new Republican candidate has announced his intention to run for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in 2020.
Harrison Floyd, a Marine Corps veteran and retired MMA fighter, announced on Tuesday he would run for the seat in an online video.
“I’m a fourth-generation American, a former United State Marine,” Floyd said in the video. “I’m running for Congress because my family and I didn’t fight for our freedoms to allow our country to fall to socialism. I’ll fight socialists in Congress the same way I fought terrorists in the desert, so help me God.”
Floyd completed three combat deployments as a machine gunner and has served as a trainer for combat marksmanship, information operations planner and a martial arts instructor.
He earned a political science degree from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in professional studies with a focus in legislative affairs at the University with the aim of obtaining a legal degree. In 2017, he took part in Yale School of Management’s Emerging Leader’s Seminar and earned a certificate in finance leadership across sectors from the school.
Floyd is a policy fellow at U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, an advisory board member of the American Freedom Fund, previously interned on Capitol Hill and in the marketing department of the Heritage Foundation.
After Rep. Rob Woodall announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election, several candidates have announced they would run for in 2020 for the seat that includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.
Joe Profit and Lynne Homrich recently announced they would also run for the Republican nomination, and Democrats Nabilah Islam, Marqus Cole, John Eaves, Brenda Lopez Romero 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.