Originally created 04/28/00

Democrat to challenge Norwood



ATLANTA -- A Democrat from Lincoln County filed qualifying papers at the state Capitol this week to challenge U.S. Rep. Charlie Norwood's bid for a fourth term representing Georgia's 10th Congressional District.

The contest will be a rematch between Mr. Norwood, R-Evans, and Denise Spencer-Freeman. After defeating Augusta lawyer David Bell in a close race in 1996, the Republican incumbent prevailed by a wide margin over Ms. Spencer-Freeman two years ago.

Going into this year's campaign, Mr. Norwood has a decided financial advantage. He had nearly $600,000 cash on hand at the end of last month, according to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission in Washington.

After spending about $37,000 during the 1998 race, Ms. Spencer-Freeman had $24,257 remaining in her campaign account at the end of last year, according to her FEC report.