ATLANTA -- Republican state Rep. Delvis Dutton ended weeks of consideration and formally declared his candidacy Wednesday for the 12th District congressional seat held by Democrat John Barrow.
He issued a press release early Wednesday morning and scheduled a press conference at his hometown of Glennville at 4 p.m.
“I want to take Georgia values and Georgia commonsense to a broken Washington. We need leaders who will put people and principles before politics,” he said in the release.
He becomes the sixth legislator to run for Congress this session -- although two resigned from the General Assembly, and he’s the third Republican vying for the chance to face Barrow in November’s general election.
Former congressional aide John Stone and Augusta businessman Rick Allen have been campaigning and collecting donations for more than a year each. But both have run before and come up short, giving Dutton hope that he can be more successful.
Legislative colleagues say Dutton’s outstanding characteristic is his unwavering philosophy.
“He has convictions and high principles,” said state Rep. Jay Shaw, R-Lakeland, who was elected to the statehouse in 2010, the same year as Dutton. “He has a big challenge, but he’s up to it.”