July 6, 2017

Rep. Jody Hice Draws Another Potential Challenger

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The Rev. Dr. Rep. Jody Hice (R-Social Circle).

At least three Democrats have already said they're running (or are considering running) against ultra-conservative 10th District Rep. Jody Hice, who was unopposed in the 2016 election.

Now, a Republican has announced he's stepping up to run against Hice in the primary.

Joe Hunt, vice president of franchising at the Athens-based chicken-finger chain Zaxby's, told followers on the social media site LinkedIn that he will seek the 10th District seat, according to politics blog Georgia Pol. Hunt said he will run as a centrist (zentrist?) and on a shoestring budget.

Good luck with that. Hice and his predecessor, Paul Broun, both bested more moderate candidates—ones who spent six or seven figures on the race. Tenth District Republicans tend to be about as far right as it gets.

Keep in mind, too—especially with the unusual number of people, including many political newcomers, who are announcing for various races this early—that nothing's official until qualifying in March.