Former state senator among challengers for Georgia's 13th Congressional District

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Former state Sen. Vincent Fort is challenging U.S. Rep. David Scott in the Democratic primary for Georgia’s 13th Congressional District. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

U.S. Rep. David Scott of Georgia has represented the 13th Congressional District since 2003, but the incumbent is facing multiple challengers in the May 24 Democratic primary, including former state Sen. Vincent Fort.

Georgia’s 13th Congressional District covers areas south and west of Atlanta, including parts of South Fulton, Henry, Cobb, Douglas, Fayette and Clayton counties.

Fort represented parts of Atlanta and East Point as the state senator for the 39th District from 1996 until 2017, when he made an unsuccessful run for Atlanta mayor.

Fort said he’s running because he feels the district needs someone who is “present and progressive.”

“It’s a progressive democratic district,” Fort said about the 13th District. “We have the most conservative Democrat representing a progressive district in the country, or thereabouts.”

Scott is a member of the Blue Dog coalition of conservative Democrats.

“Congressman David Scott is pleased to be back on the ballot for re-election in 2022. Now more than ever, Georgia families need a strong voice advocating for them in Washington. Congressman Scott is proud to be that voice for his constituents,” said Ralph Jones, a spokesperson for the Scott campaign.

Also running in the Democratic primary are Mark Baker and Shastity Driscoll.

Caesar Gonzalez and Calina Plotky are competing for the Republican party’s nomination.

Voting for the primaries takes place May 24.