Former state Rep. Barry Fleming on Thursday formally announced his intention to seek the office he left in 2008 to run for Congress.
Fleming, a Harlem Republican, joins the race for the District 121 state House seat held by Lee Anderson, who Monday announced his plan to run for the 12th District U.S. congressional seat.
Mike Popplewell, an Appling businessman, said on Monday he plans to seek the Republican nomination for the state House seat. Popplewell previously ran unsuccessfully for a state Senate post in 2002.
“Our country is headed in the wrong direction,” Fleming said in his campaign announcement.
“We need to spend less, tax less and get back to the basic Christian values that made this country great.”
Fleming, an attorney, formerly served as the District 4 Columbia County commissioner. He was elected to the state House in 2002, and later rose to the rank of Majority Whip. He stepped down in 2008 to make an unsuccessful run against U.S. Rep. Paul Broun in the 10th District congressional race.
The newly redrawn 121st state House District encompasses much of Columbia and McDuffie counties.