Our friend Scott Holcomb makes the following announcement…

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ATLANTA, GA —- May 19, 2009.

Today, Scott Holcomb qualified as the Democratic candidate for Georgia House District 82. No Republican has qualified for the seat left vacant by the resignation of the current officeholder.

Holcomb, an attorney and instructor at Georgia Tech's Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, has pledged to be a tireless advocate for the people of the 82nd District, particularly on issues relating to the economy, transportation and public education. His decision to run was borne from a desire to bring pragmatic and creative policies to improve the quality of life for residents of the district, DeKalb County, the metropolitan Atlanta region and the State of Georgia.

"I look forward to representing the people of District 82 and being a strong advocate for the issues that will determine whether our district and state are attractive to residents and businesses," said Holcomb. "It's time to focus on improving public education, bringing back local jobs and economic investment, improving our transportation options and operating state government transparently and responsibly."

Holcomb is a military veteran who served six years in the Air National Guard and six years as a Captain with the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. While in the Army, he deployed three times — for Operations Joint Forge (Bosnia), Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Holcomb earned numerous awards for his military service, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, and Army Commendation Medals. In 2004, he left active duty and devoted substantial time to representing veterans and their families on a pro bono basis.

Holcomb is married to the former Kathleen Oh of Reidsville, Ga. They are the proud parents of a son, Carter. Holcomb was a candidate for Secretary of State in 2006 and has remained active in Georgia politics. He has represented Georgia as an American Marshall Memorial Fellow, a Manfred Wörner Fellow and a Truman Security Fellow. In 2006 and 2007, he was named a "Rising Star" by Law and Politics Magazine. Holcomb is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Principal with the Truman National Security Project. He also serves on the Board of Directors of HOPE Atlanta and is a member of the State Bar of Georgia's Pro Bono Committee for Military Veterans & Service Members. A triathlete, Holcomb completed Ironman Florida in 2009.

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