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Holly Springs Resident Scot Turner To Run For House Seat

Turner, who challenged State Rep. Sean Jerguson in the July 31 Republican primary for the House District 21 seat, will seek the same seat in a January special election.

After losing his first bid to enter into state politics, Holly Springs resident Scot Turner is returning to the political scene.

Turner, who challenged State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) in the July 31 Republican primary for the state House District 21 seat, has announced his plans to run for the same seat, which will be vacated by Jerguson as he will formally qualify to run for the Senate District 21 seat.

Turner said he had "one of the greatest opportunities" during the primary race was the chance to "listen to the concerns and issues that are important to the people of Cherokee County." 

"I believe our message of restoring faith in government resonated with the voters,” he said. "I am now humbled and excited to have the opportunity to continue what we started just under one year ago. Given the opportunity to continue the fight to serve our area, I will again seek to earn your vote for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 21."

Jerguson defeated Turner with 58 percent of the vote for the Republican primary in the district, which covers Holly Springs, Hickory Flat, parts of Canton and southeast Cherokee County. 

Turner's announcement comes on the heels of Jerguson announcing plans to run for the Senate District 21 seat, which is now vacant due to the abrupt resignation of former Senator Chip Rogers.

Turner during his primary campaign pledge to never accept a gift from a lobbyist or to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists or political action committees. He noted he plans to keep that same promise.

“I will fund my campaign only from people who live in Georgia and own businesses in Georgia," he said.  

Turner works as the director of field services for Source Direct and has lived in Georgia since 1997.

He's also served in the United States Army Reserve. 

Turner has served as precinct chair and member of the board of directors for the Cherokee County Republican Party. He's also served as sergeant-at-arms for both the sixth district and state Republican Party conventions. 

He also help establish the social media efforts for the Canton Tea Party Patriots. 

He and wife Kelly live in Holly Springs and have two children. 

Monty Brewster December 06, 2012 at 02:14 AM
He showed his true colors after losing the first time. Who else is running? I'll vote for them.
Ben December 06, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I've said it before, and I'll say it again, I'm excited to see Cherokee County have the opportunity to be served by both Sean Jerguson and Scot Turner. Scot is a great conservative who will champion ethical government and listen to his constituents while standing on his principles.
J.D. Means December 06, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Personally, I’m glad Scot stepped up to the plate. He’s committed, and I know to expect a good, clean race from him. Having spoken with him at length on several occasions, I’m convinced that he’s just the kind of fiscal conservative to set an example. He’s definitely outspoken enough to make the changes in our General Assembly that conservatives like me so desperately want to see.
Jan B. December 12, 2012 at 02:04 AM
There is a reason why Scot did not win against a weak incumbent. He simply does not reflect the views of most conservatives. I am sure young Mr. Turner means well, but he is just too far in over his head and should stay the local youth leader of the Young Republicans. He needs a little more seasoning.
Tori Wester December 12, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Scot was outspent 7 to 1 by the incumbent, yet still pulled 42% of the vote. I think that shows people DO want his type of conservative principles. "Seasoning" is how we end up with politicians that aren't accountable to the public. I don't think Rep. Caldwell, at age 23, was seasoned at all. He lost his first bid against an incumbent then the second go-round successfully won. We need leaders who don't give up and don't sacrifice principle for profit or political gain. If you would like to get involved with the campaign, email me at tori@turnerforhouse.com It's almost 12:12 pm... Donate $12.12 to Scot Turner's campaign for State House on 12/12/12! http://www.turnerforhouse.com/index.php?/donate
Monty Brewster December 12, 2012 at 09:10 PM
I'm betting most of the 42% was not voting FOR Mr. Turner, but rather against Mr. Jerguson. I don't think he'll get the same support from those folks this time, as he changed drastically after his loss in July to fit in more with the far right. Nice guy, but he doesn't believe in what he was preaching prior to July 31.
Rob Miller December 14, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I thought his concession speech was the classiest one I had ever seen by any political candidate. So did everyone I spoke with about it.
Rob Miller December 14, 2012 at 12:01 PM
Monty- my child goes to CCA, which is both in both HD 21 and was heavily supported by Sean. The all-out effort within that school to protect Sean was key to him keeping his seat last go 'round. Many key players who I know there told me after the election that Scot's behavior during and after the race left such an impression that they were hoping to see him continue in his efforts to HD 21.
Monty Brewster December 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Turner should win this election without a runoff now that what I believed to be his toughest opponent has pulled his name. I can live with Turner as Rep. As I said earlier, he's a good guy, but doesn't seem to understand one of the biggest issues in our community... Education. You can't run it like a business AND be doing what's best for the kids.

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