Less than a month after Third District U.S. Congressman Lynn Westmoreland announced he would not seek reelection after his current term, West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson has announced he will contend for the open seat.
“Washington is broken and as a small businessman I know that what our communities need from Congress is that they get out of the way and let us create jobs and economic opportunity for our citizens,” Ferguson said. “We are a conservative place, and I want to put conservative principles to work for the whole district like we have in West Point where we have cut taxes and utility rates while creating an economic development boom.”
Ferguson, 49, has been a dentist for 24 years and has been mayor of West Point in Troup County since 2008. He and his wife Elizabeth have four children.
Georgia State Senator Mike Crane (R-28) also announced last week he will seek to succeed Westmoreland as Third District congressman. Crane made his announcement at the State Capitol in Atlanta.
Crane has been a state senator since 2011. He is a general contractor. He and his wife Tracey have two children.
The Third Congressional District includes Carroll, Coweta, Harris, Heard, Lamar, Meriwether, Pike, Spalding, Troup and Upson counties as well as portions of Fayette, Henry and Muscogee counties.
Westmoreland, who served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1993 through 2004, joined the U.S. House of Representatives in January 2005 and will hold office until early January 2017.
Westmoreland says he will take some downtime with his family instead of campaigning this year, and he will continue to pray and think about what he will do next.
“I love Georgia. I love this state,” Westmoreland said earlier this month. “If I could end up serving them again, I’d like to do that.”
When asked if he will run for Governor in 2018, Westmoreland said he has considered it.