With the qualifying period nearly a year away, an electrician from Floyd County has announced his intention to challenge Congressman Tom Graves, R-Ranger, for the Republican nomination to represent the 14th District.

“Limited government, low taxation, reduced spending, a balanced budget, and adhering to the U.S. Constitution is the

platform I will be standing on,” Mickey Tuck said in a statement Wednesday.

The district covers the 12 counties of Northwest Georgia. Tuck said he’s been meeting with “Republicans and conservatives” across the district and “(t)hey say their strong conservative Republican values are not being represented in Congress.

The Silver Creek resident is a former Lindale Mill employee who works at Gildan Yarns in Cedartown. He is a deacon at Crosspointe Community Church in Aragon. Tuck made an unsuccessful run at a Floyd County Commission seat in 1992.

Qualifying is expected to be in March 2016 for the May 2016 primary.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp is leading a charge to hold a southern states presidential preference primary — the so-called SEC Primary — on March 1 but that would not affect other federal, state and local elections.

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