Saying he was dissatisfied with other candidates, Zachary Kennemore said he is planning his own run for Congress.
Kennemore, of Buford, has filed with the Federal Elections Commission for the race to replace U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, who announced last year he would not be running for re-election, for Georgia’s 7th District.
In a video announcing his candidacy, Kennemore said he didn’t feel like issues affecting Georgians were being discussed by current candidates, namely protecting rights of the unborn.
“If we’re to have a Congress that is going to save a million innocent lives a year, we need a Congress that understands the constitution, knows the powers that are in it and is willing to assert those powers in order to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity,” Kennemore says in the video.
According to the campaign’s Facebook page, Kennemore attended schools in Forsyth County – Sawnee Elementary and Vickery Creek Middle schools – and was homeschooled for high school through the Bob Jones University homeschool curriculum.
“Having not been satisfied with any of the choices for congress in the 7th District of Georgia, I humbly submit my application to be your representative in the national legislature,” he said in the video.
The District 7 race has been a big target for both Republicans and Democrats and was hotly contested in 2018 when Woodall beat Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by about 400 votes after more than 280,000 ballots were cast.
Along with Kennemore, there are a number of candidates running for the seat as Republicans, including longtime state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), physician Rich McCormick, former Home Depot executive Lynne Homrich, businessman Mark Gonsalves, co-founder of the Conservative Diversity Alliance Jacqueline Tseng, former education executive Lerah Lee, former college professor Lisa Noel Babbage and businessman Eugene Yu.
The Democrats also have a packed field, with Bourdeaux running again in 2020, along with other Democratic hopefuls in District 99 state Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero, activist Nabilah Islam, former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves, District 48 state Sen. Zahra Karinshak and Rashid Malik, who ran for the seat in 2016.
Candidates Ben Bullock, Joe Profit and Floyd Harrison, all Republicans, and Democrat Marqus Cole have all suspended their campaigns for the seat, with some now vying for other congressional races.
Before the two parties face off in November, candidates will have to make it through their respective primaries, which will be held on Tuesday, May, 19.
The official list of candidates running for the seat will soon be available, as qualifying for the seat will be held March 2-6.