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Matt Gurtler announces run for 9th District seat in U.S. House
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Matt Gurtler

State Rep. Matt Gurtler, R-Tiger, will run for Georgia’s 9th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gurtler was first elected to the state House in 2016 and represents House District 8, which includes Union, Towns, Rabun and White counties.

Gurtler said during his time in the state House he has “tirelessly fought to defend Georgia’s constitutional conservative values, principles and our God-given rights.”

“I support President Trump’s agenda to bring our troops home, cut job-killing regulations, and defend the right of the unborn. Unlike out-of-touch politicians, I stand by my conservative voting record in Atlanta,” Gurtler said in a statement. “I want to ensure that Georgia’s most conservative congressional district sends a proven conservative to Washington, not another go along to get along politician, or a Democrat in sheep’s clothing.”

According to his website, Gurtler is a “strict Constitutionalist” who believes that government should be “limited and small in nature to ensure prosperity for all by protecting life, liberty, and property, and that’s it.”

He and his wife Marissa live in Rabun County with their newborn daughter Olivia. He attended the University of North Georgia, where he participated in R.O.T.C. and earned a history degree. 

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, who currently holds the 9th District seat, has announced he is running for the U.S. Senate.