State senator seeking congressional seat vacated by Ferguson

Published 9:48 am Tuesday, January 9, 2024

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State Senator Mike Dugan (R) is joining the race to fill the seat of outgoing Congressman Drew Ferguson.

Dugan announced on his social media page that he will seek the District 3 congressional seat of four-term Republican and former West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson, who announced that he would not seek a fifth term.

Ferguson announced on Dec. 14, 2023, that he would not seek reelection after the 118th Congress. He said he looks forward to spending more time with his wife Julie and their children and grandchildren during retirement.

Dugan was elected to Georgia’s 30th District in 2012 and represents portions of Carroll, Douglas and Paulding counties.

Prior to political office, Dugan served in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years becoming an Army Ranger and Master Paratrooper. He retired as lieutenant Colonel in 2008.

After retiring from the Army, Dugan as worked as a contractor in Carrolton.

At least three other Republicans are seeking Ferguson’s seat according to the Associated Press, including retired Army pilot state Rep. David Jenkins. Republican activist Jim Bennett and Michael Corbin, who had a failed congressional bid in Gwinnett County.

Dugan is resigning his state senate seat to concentrate on the congressional campaign. Gov. Brian Kemp is expected to call for a special election to fill Dugan’s unexpired seat.