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John Eaves Files To Run For Congress, But Not In Fulton

John Eaves, pictured in 2017, announced he will run for Congress.
John Eaves, pictured in 2017, announced he will run for Congress.
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A former chair of the Fulton County Commission is running for Congress, but not in the county where he was last elected.

Instead, Democrat John Eaves wants to represent Georgia’s 7th U.S. House District, which includes parts of Gwinnett and Forsyth Counties.

Eaves, who lost his 2017 bid for Atlanta mayor, moved to Gwinnett in January.

“People have come to me who know about my background, my track record, and encouraged me to consider it,” Eaves said. “And I decided to do it. I believe I’m the right person at the right place at the right time.”

Eaves said health care will be at the top of his legislative agenda.

The last race for District 7’s US House seat was the closest House race in the nation. Out of roughly 280,000 ballots cast, incumbent Republican Rob Woodall won by about 400 votes. He’s since said he won’t seek re-election.

Carolyn Bordeaux, Woodall’s Democratic challenger, is already campaigning for 2020.

A half-dozen other candidates also are said to be considering a run for the seat.