Radio personality Martha Zoller announced Wednesday she will run for Georgia's new seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Zoller, a Gainesville resident long rumored to be considering a run, hosts a conservative three-hour daily talk show on WXKT-FM 103.7 in Gainesville.
She has hosted various radio programs in the area since 1996.
In a statement released Wednesday, Zoller said she now wants to be a conservative voice in Congress.
"I am not running to just speak for myself," Zoller said in the statement. "I am running to give a voice to all the moms and dads and hardworking American taxpayers who are saying loud and clear — enough is enough!"
In an interview with The Times, Zoller said her radio show will continue until she officially qualifies for the congressional race in the spring.
She made her run official Wednesday when she filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission.
"I love what I'm doing, so I'm going to keep doing it as long as I can," Zoller said.
Rules for the Federal Communications Commission only deal with legally qualified candidates.
Legally, Cox Media Group, WXKT's parent company, can keep Zoller on the air until she becomes a qualified candidate without allowing equal broadcasting time to her opponents in the Republican primary.
Usually, qualified candidates are taken off air to save stations from having to provide equal broadcasting time to opposing candidates.
If the station chooses to keep Zoller on the air after she qualifies, other qualified candidates in the Republican primary election for the new 9th Congressional seat can demand equal time but must do so within seven days of becoming her qualified opponent.
Zoller is the second person to announce an official candidacy for Georgia's new 9th District seat, anchored in Hall County.
State Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, announced last week that he would seek the seat. Zoller said she will soon extend an invitation to the state representative to come on her program.
Though this is Zoller's first political campaign, she said she feels she has the knowledge of the constituency and its issues that she needs to run for Congress.
Plus, she believes her absence from the current political structure may work in her favor.
"I don't have any dues to pay to anyone, other than the constituents of this district," Zoller said. "I am certainly somebody that knows the issues and also knows the players in a different way, because I've been in media."
Congressional maps recently passed by Georgia's General Assembly give the state 14 congressional districts, with an open seat in the U.S. House that covers all or parts of 20 counties in Northeast Georgia. Its population is most heavily concentrated in Gainesville.
Zoller and her husband have four children.