Monday, January 16, 2012
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ALBANY, Ga. — Retired U.S. Army Col. John M. House told a Lee County GOP gathering on Saturday that he would be formally announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination in Georgia’s Second Congressional District to challenge U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop Jr., an Albany Democrat.
House, from Midland, said Monday that he expects to officially enter the race on Thursday.
He plans to join Rick Allen of Columbus and Lee Ferrell of Leesburg on July’s GOP primary ballot. Allen and Ferrell also ran for the spot in 2010, losing in the primary to eventual Republican nominee Mike Keown, who lost a close general election to Bishop that November.
“When I look around the Second District and I see how much our quality of life has gone downhill since Sanford Bishop has been in office, I decided it was time for a change. And I think I am the person to make those changes,” House said.
House is a state GOP committee member for the Second District and teaches Homeland Security courses at Columbus State University. He also teaches online classes at Walden and North Central universities.
House said his campaign had already raised more than $30,000 since Jan. 5, with pledges for more.
Bishop, first elected to the House in 1992, is seeking his 10th two-year term in Congress.