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State House race adds one
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Anna McManus - photo by Submitted
The field of candidates for District 24 state representative has expanded to two as Anna McManus ann-ounced her intent to run for the seat.

“I was just taking a look at some of the issues we’ve got going on in Georgia right now with traffic, water and education, and facing all those issues with unprecedented budget shortfalls,” she said Friday.

“It just motivated me to get involved and try to see if I could help effect some positive change.”

McManus, 44, will join Forsyth County School Board member Mike Dudgeon in seeking the seat being vacated by Tom Knox, who is running for state insurance and safety fire commissioner.

Both McManus and Dudgeon, who announced his decision Jan. 26, are Republicans.

McManus serves as the first vice chairwoman of the Ninth Congressional District Republican Party and has served on the executive committee of the Forsyth County Republican Party for more than two decades. She is also member of the National Rifle Association.

The Atlanta native graduated from Georgia Southern Uni-versity and moved to For-syth County in 1986, where she and husband Tom have raised their children, Brian and Katie.

“I thought about doing this a few years ago, but at that time I still had children at home,” she said. “Now that [Katie’s] grown and in school, I can devote the time to it.”

Small business protection and creating jobs will also be priorities for McManus, who coowns North Peachtree Plumbing with her husband.

She is also a practicing insurance agent and general manager with Johnson & Bryan Liability Underwriters Inc.

Her experience in small business management, she said, will help her if elected.

“I understand the impact, and I face the impact day to day of what government interference will do to a small business,” she said.

“We have to have somebody with a pro-business vision that will take the bull by the horns, so to speak, and foster a policy that’s going to be one that encourages prosperity.”