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Hickory Flat resident Brian Laurens will run for the State House District 21 seat.

The race to fill the Georgia House District 21 seat now has a second contender.

Brian Laurens, a Hickory Flat resident, has declared his candidacy to run for the seat, which has been vacated by State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs).

Jerguson has decided to seek the Georgia Senate District 21 seat, which also became vacant earlier this week with the resignation of former Senator Chip Rogers.

Laurens, who has an extensive background with the Georgia Republican Party for the better part of a decade, said he decided to run because "now is the time" for "true conservatives" to occupy every level of government.  

"Our nation and our state face serious challenges that are best met with the ideals of our founders, free people, free markets and limited government," he said, adding he has been "overwhelmed and humbled" by the support he's garnered. "This community has given me so much (and) it is my desire to give back. After prayerful consideration, and support from my wife, I am offering myself as a candidate for the state house." 

Laurens will take on fellow challenger and Holly Springs resident Scot Turner, who declared his candidacy on Wednesday. 

Qualifying for the race will take place Monday Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 11 and from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday Dec. 12. 

The special election is slated for Tuesday Jan. 8, 2013.

Laurens, 29, got involved in Republican Party politics while in college, working on the campaigns of conservative candidates across the state. 

He worked on the gubernatorial campaign of former Gov. Sonny Perdue in 2002 and has served in consulting, senior staff and volunteer roles on several congressional, statewide and local political campaigns. 

In the Republican Party, Laurens has served as precinct chair, a county officer, a district officer and has served on the Georgia Republican Party's state committee.

Laurens has also served as chair of a local Young Republicans club and as the executive director of the Georgia Young Republicans. 

Laurens owns Brikel Communications, a political strategy consulting organization.  

Laurens and wife Kelly have one daughter. 

Terry T December 08, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I thought for sure that Lauren's was just confused and thought it was April Fools day and that he would issue another release to let us know that this was all a joke and we had been pranked! I predict that he breaks all records for the lowest vote count in any election ever held in Georgia! Maybe Will the Winner will take our bets on this one.
Will December 10, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Yup, that's the guy. He's a total train wreck. Electing him would be taking two steps backwards. I've had a few dealings with this man and imagining him in office makes me cringe.
Jan B. December 12, 2012 at 02:26 AM
I do not think all of the ponies are out of the barn yet.... just saying - Scot may not be our man. Being the chairman of a precinct for the GOP is whole different ball of wax than actually working under the gold dome.
Tori Wester December 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Scot Turner is also running for the now vacant seat House District 21 seat. We need honest, accountable leaders who 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
Rob Miller December 14, 2012 at 11:51 AM
As Laurens stated- he is NOT a Paul supporter. The Ron Paul camp in Cherokee County conducted themselves with MUCH more decorum than this clown!


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