Hickory Flat resident Brian Laurens, a former Cherokee County Republican Party officer, announced late Thursday that he plans to qualify for the seat vacated by state Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs).
Jerguson resigned to seek the state Senate seat vacated by Chip Rogers this week.
The special election to fill the seats is set for Jan. 8 and qualifying for the two open positions in the state Legislature is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Laurens joins Holly Springs resident Scot Turner, who ran against Jerguson last summer for the seat in the Republican primary election, as official in the race for the House seat.
Holly Springs resident Bill Fincher, an assistant district attorney in the Appalachian Judicial Circuit, has not yet announced as an official candidate but has said he is strongly considering a run.
Laurens, who has been active in Republican politics for more than a decade, said in his announcement he has worked for conservative causes his entire adult life, including the gubernatorial campaign of former Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2002 and in consulting, senior staff and volunteer roles on several congressional, statewide and local political campaigns.
A 29-year-old graduate of Kennesaw State University, Laurens owns Brikel Communications, a marketing and consulting firm.
He and his wife live in Hickory Flat and have one daughter.
Laurens said he’s running because of the need for “true conservatives” in every level of government.
“Our nation and our state face serious challenges that are best met with the ideals of our founders, free people, free markets and limited government,” Laurens said.
Anyone not registered to vote must do so by Dec. 11 to vote in the special election.