Via Z Politics

State Senator Barry Loudermilk announced today at the 11th District GOP convention that he will be running for the congressional seat currently held by Phil Gingrey. Although Loudermilk has been very open for several weeks about his plans run in the 11th District, he made it official to its constituents today at Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta that he is joining the race. Loudermilk joins GA House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey and former congressman and libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr in the primary.

In an email and in his press release he said, “Washington has lost it’s way – taxes, regulations and deficits are out of control — but I believe that we can set this nation back on course,” Loudermilk said. “Most of you know me because we have served in the trenches together. Before I was elected to the State House and then Senate, I was Bartow County GOP Chairman. I’ve labored alongside so many of you as a grassroots worker – putting out the signs, licking envelopes and doing the hard work that has made us successful. If we felt our party went astray, we did not abandon it; we worked harder to get it back on track. We were – and are – in this together.”

Since 2010, Senator Loudermilk has represented the people of the 14th Senate District (parts of Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties) in Georgia’s upper house. Loudermilk also served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2004 to 2010, after he served as the chairman of the Bartow County Republican Party beginning in 2001. A veteran of the U.S. Air force, Loudermilk owns a flight school in Rome, GA. He and his wife Desiree have three grown children and live in Cassville.

Loudermilk may not be the last candidate to enter the GOP primary for the 11th District, either. Former candidate for GA GOP Chairman, Tricia Pridemore, is also a possible contender for the seat. Although Pridemore has not announced her intentions to run for congress, she caught the attention of Georgians everywhere when she resigned as the director of Gov. Deal’s Office of Workforce Development on April 9th.

Martha Zoller’s ZPolitics Takeaway: Some insiders say he won’t be able to raise money. I wouldn’t count him out. He’s better know throughout the GOP activists in his district and throughout Georgia than people might think. Currently, former Congressman and Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr and State Representative Ed Lindsay have announced for the seat. There are a number of people announced in the 10th District also. The one place we haven’t heard any names, is in the 1st Congressional district where long time Congressman Jack Kingston is expected to announce for Senate.