Ken DeLoach Seeking Congressional SeatWMAZ By Randall Savage
Educator and pastor Ken DeLoach said Wednesday he plans to run for Congress again this year.
But this time, DeLoach said he'll seek Georgia's 2nd District congressional seat instead of the 8th.
DeLoach lives in the 8th District. But the U.S. Constitution says congressional candidates must live in the state they seeking office. It doesn't require candidate to live in the district.
"I believe it's time to give the "People's House" back to the people," DeLoach, a Republican, wrote on his campaign website. "The House of Repreentatives was created so the citizen could have a voice in government. The people of the 2nd District have lost their voice in the U.S. House of Representatives."
But before he can take that seat, DeLoach must defeat at least two other announced Republicans candidates in the GOP's July 31 primary election.
Those two are Rick Allen, a Columbus businessman, and retired army colonel and active military consultant John House, also of Columbus.
The Republican nominee must then face the Democratic candidate, presumably U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop, in the November general election.
Two years ago, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott defeated DeLoach in the Republican primary for the 8th District seat.
DeLoach serves as dean of students at the Central Fellowship Christain Academy in south Bibb County. He also serves as Associate Pastor of River of Light in Warner Robins.
The newly drawn 2nd Congressional Districts covers a 29-county from half of Bibb and all of Talbott counties in the north to all of Decatur and Grady counties on the Florida line.