Marcus Wiedower on Thursday became the second man to announce his bid to fill the state House District 119 seat to be vacated by Chuck Williams.
Wiedower, second vice-chairman of the Oconee County Republican Party, said in a news release he plans to run on a platform of cutting wasteful government spending and “burdensome” regulations.
“I plan to cut the red tape so that our economy can thrive and I will not vote to raise taxes,” he said.
Williams accepted on Monday an appointment from Gov. Nathan Deal to become the new director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
A day after Williams’ announcement, local funeral home owner Tom Lord announced his candidacy for the District 119 seat.
House District 119 includes a part of Clarke County and much of Oconee County.
An email and phone message left for Wiedower were not immediately returned on Thursday.
A November special election will determine the new representative for District 119 as well as District 117 — former Rep. Regina Quick vacated that House seat to become a judge in the Western Judicial Circuit.
Announced candidates for the District 117 seat in the state Legislature include Watkinsville lawyer Doug McKillip, who had held the seat before Quick; Houston Gaines of Athens, a graduate of Athens Academy and the University of Georgia; and Athens lawyer Deborah Gonzalez, who unlike McKillip and Gaines is running as a Democrat.