Democrat Chalis Montgomery announced Tuesday she will run for the 10th Congressional District seat.
Montgomery, 39, will compete against incumbent Jody Hice, a Republican.
Montgomery said in a press release she is motivated to run by her faith and commitment to democracy. She also has a daughter who is directly affected by the healthcare debate. In the release, Montgomery said she has seen the effects of bad public policy and wants to be accessible to constituents, claiming Hice has been inaccessible and failed to host town halls and other events.
“I never thought I’d be a candidate for public office, but after hearing the stories of so many 10th district residents, from Athens, Winder, Milledgeville and Dacula, I realized that Jody Hice is failing families, just like he failed mine... After praying with my family about launching this campaign, I have decided that the time is now to be directly involved in facing our nation's challenges," she said in the release.
Montgomery has lived in Bethlehem with her husband and daughter for 15 years.