A challenger has qualified as a Republican for the District 25 state House race.
Steven Grambergs, 23, who works in sales, recently qualified as a Republican for the race, where he will challenge Incumbent Todd Jones on May 22 to become the Republican candidate for the seat. The winner of the Republican Primary will face Democrat Anita Tucker on Nov. 6.
“I’ve always been passionate about politics,” Grambergs said. “I’ve actually been thinking about running for a while and decided now was time to take the leap. I’ve been very involved in the community my entire life. My family runs a small business out of Forsyth as well, so I have a lot of connections to the District 25 community.”
Grambergs said his political experience has included operating a business that sold website domain names to candidates and campaigns and worked with Sen. David Perdue’s campaign. This is his first time running for office.
“I’ve always been very passionate about politics, as well,” he said. “I actually grew up down the street from the previous rep, Mike Dudgeon. I always saw how involved he was in the community and saw he was serving and doing his part. I thought I had some ideas I could bring to the table and thought I could be of service to the community as well, so I wanted to put myself out there.”
Grambergs said he is opposed to one of the biggest issues to be considered by voters in the district, the creation of the proposed city of Sharon Springs.
“I disagree with the entire notion that we need the city of Sharon Springs,” he said. “I don’t think the residents are willing to pay an additional property tax just for the namesake of having the same city. I think we should trust the commissioners and let them do their job.”
He added: “I understand that people are frustrated with what’s going on with issues in terms of growth and school overcrowding, but I don’t think that raising taxes and creating more government and electing more bureaucrats is really the answer to solving our problems.”
A 2017 graduate of the University of Georgia, Grambergs said he also thinks other young voters need to keep an eye on government finances, which they might not pay attention to.
“I don’t think people are very concerned about deficits and budgets right now,” he said. “I think that especially for younger folks, like myself … I think we’re going to have a huge problem on our hands if we don’t get hold of our budgets and take in spending and really look at what we’re putting our money toward.”
Grambergs said he has lived in south Forsyth his entire life and is a graduate of Lambert High School. More information is available at StevenforHouse.com.