Cartersville businessman Matt Laughridge, 25, visited Canton on Tuesday to announce his plans to run in the Nov. 5 special election to fill the state Senate District 14 seat vacated by Sen. Barry Loudermilk.
“Today begins a campaign that is short in length, but long in its potential impact on the future of this district and the entire state of Georgia,” Laughridge said in a release. “It is time for a new generation of leadership to step forward to the call of public service. Owning and operating several businesses in this area, I understand the conservative principles that should govern our state and will bring those values to the capitol in Atlanta.”
Laughridge is vice president of Terry Reid Automotive and a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College.
A Republican, he also is a Rotarian and treasurer of the Etowah Scholarship Fund.
“Over the next eight weeks, I’m asking my neighbors and colleagues in the towns and communities across this region to join a movement for conservative leadership that can improve the fundamentals for sustained economic growth, meet the 21st Century demands of educating our next generation, and drive our state’s government to be more efficient, transparent and responsive,” he said.
Laughridge plans to open an office in downtown Canton to stay connected to Cherokee voters.
Qualifying is Sept. 16 to 18.