One of the first Republican candidates to announce his campaign for Georgia’s 7th Congressional District is no longer seeking the seat and has his eyes set on a different Congressional district in 2020.
Businessman Joe Profit announced on Monday that he will be seeking the Republican nomination for the state’s 6th Congressional District, which represents portions of Cobb, Fulton and DeKalb counties and is currently represented by Rep. Lucy McBath (D-Marietta).
In a news release, Profit said the two main reasons for switching races were a large number of Republican candidates running in the 7th, compared with just three Republican candidates for the 6th and McBath’s support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“McBath’s vote clearly shows that she puts serving her political party’s agenda ahead of serving the people she is supposed to represent; regardless of party affiliation, the majority of people in the 6th District are not in favor of impeachment,” Profit said.
Profit, a businessman and former first-round NFL draft pick for the Atlanta Falcons, and Lynne Homrich, former vice president of human resources for Home Depot and a non-profit executive, were the first two Republicans to announce their campaigns for the seat after Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Lawrenceville) announced he would not be seeking re-election for the seat he has held since 2011.
The seat was hotly contested in 2018, with Woodall beating out Democratic challenger Carolyn Bourdeaux by around 400 votes out of more than 280,000 votes cast, and the seat has already been targeted by both parties for 2020.
The Republican candidates include Homrich, state Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford), physician Rich McCormick, Air Force veteran Ben Bullock, businessman Mark Gonsalves, co-founder of the Conservative Diversity Alliance Jacqueline Tseng, former education executive Lerah Lee and former college professor Lisa Noel Babbage.
“While the 7th has a number of excellent candidates, I don’t believe this is the situation in the 6th,” Profit said. “We need a candidate who will fight in support of our president, to protect our citizens, secure our borders and drain the swamp.”
The Democrats also have a packed field, with Bourdeaux running again in 2020, along with other Democratic hopefuls in 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.
Profit isn’t the first candidate to announce they would no longer be seeking the 7th District as Republican Floyd Harrison and Democrat Marqus Cole have ended their campaigns.
Before the two parties face off, candidates will have to make it through their respective primaries, which will be held on Tuesday, May, 19.