A third Oconee County resident recently announced he will seek the State House of Representatives District 119 seat that was vacated when Chuck Williams resigned to become the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.
Steven Strickland of Bishop said Wednesday he will wait until he qualifies to announce his party affiliation.
Republican candidates Tom Lord and Marcus Wiedower have already announced they intend to run in a special election in November. During the same election, a candidate will also fill the House District 117 seat vacated by Regina Quick, who was appointed as judge of the Western Judicial Circuit.
Strickland, married with four children, is in the software telecommunications business as head of business development for Gibson Technical Services.
“I look forward to being the voice of District 119 and leveraging my experience in collaboration, negotiations and technology innovations to drive meaningful legislation for our local community,” Strickland said in his prepared statement.
Strickland said he was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., but his father, who was in the gas line business, moved several times before they settled in Conyers, where he went to high school. After serving with the U.S. Army, Strickland graduated from Oglethorpe University, then received his masters degree in business from Georgia Tech and a law degree from the University of Georgia.
Strickland said he champions conservation fiscal policies with a focus on wasteful spending cuts and creating innovative approaches to raising state revenue.