June 25, 2017

Democrat Says She'll Run Against Rep. Jody Hice

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Photo Credit: Lee Becker

Chalis Montgomery speaks at the Oconee Democrats meeting June 20.

Chalis Montgomery, a musician and music educator from Barrow County, told the Oconee County Democratic Party Tuesday night that she intends to announce her candidacy for the 10th Congressional District seat and is seeking help in forming her campaign committee.

Montgomery said she was motivated to challenge incumbent Republican Jody Hice in part because of her 7-year-old daughter, who has rheumatoid arthritis.

She said she anticipated losses in her life, but “I never thought I’d look at losing the future for my child, or her friends, or my community.”

She said she woke up after the elections in November “and I couldn’t believe it, but I couldn’t sit still either.”

One focus of her campaign will be health care, she said. “We’ve got to have health care that works for everybody.”

Montgomery is a former children’s minister currently working as a piano teacher. She has lived in Bethlehem for 15 years.

For more, visit Oconee County Observations.