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North Forsyth resident announces bid for District 9 House seat

A career businessman, Mark Hajduk doesn’t mind if you call him a “disrupter.”

In fact, he prefers it.

The 45-year-old, who grew up in Marietta and now resides in north Forsyth, announced on social media Wednesday night that he intends to run against District 9 State Representative and incumbent Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) in the upcoming primary election.

“I am a political newcomer, that’s obvious,” Hajduk said. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing. There’s a term in business that is actually celebrated, it’­­s called a ‘disrupter.’ They give awards for it. It can be a person or a business that comes in with fresh ideas and a new perspective to challenge the status quo.”

A disrupter pushes for positive change, Hajduk said.

The first generation of his family to be born in the United States, Hajduk currently works as chief operating officer at Voxpopuli Inc., in Norcross, which is a marketing, graphic design and print production company.

He is a 1994 graduate of the University of Georgia and was hired by the U.S. Department of Justice after interning with the House Banking Committee upon graduation. He formerly worked with Invesco Capital Management and SunTrust Equitable Securities.

Hajduk and his wife Michelle, a preschool teacher at Cumming Baptist Church, have two kids, Benjamin, 10, and Madelyn, 5.

One of the key issues Hajduk is focusing his Republican platform on is bringing quality growth to the district, which includes all of Lumpkin County, most of Dawson County and a northeastern portion of Forsyth County.

“I am concerned that our explosive growth we’ve been experiencing can put what people love about this area in jeopardy if not managed properly,” Hajduk said. “I think we need to make sure that it’s quality growth ... incentivize quality businesses to come to the area that bring great jobs, that invest in the area. We don’t want all the growth just to be strip malls and retail and fast food.”

He said that incentivizing more technologically advanced and higher quality companies to come to the area would bring better jobs and attract more quality professionals.

Another of his focuses, improving quality of life for rural communities, would directly benefit from having more high-tech businesses and jobs.

“Everything from internet to medical, I think we need to give our citizens the best services possible,” Hajduk said.