Vikki Mills, a registered nurse in Rising Fawn, Georgia, announced she is running for Georgia's District 1 House seat. Mills originally planned to run for a commission seat in Walker County, where she is registered, but will drop out of that race to run for the state seat.
Mills said she considers herself a Christian conservative, pro-life, pro-gun and pro-business candidate who enters the race with 42 years of experience as a nurse.
"It's time for a fresh start for District 1," Mills said in a news release. "Dade and Walker counties value tradition. They believe in the sanctity of life. They believe in the right of self-defense. And they want the freedom to raise their families and run their businesses according to their values. Democrats want to change all that. And that's why I'm fighting back."
Mills said she supports 2018's controversial "heartbeat" bill — one of the nation's most restrictive abortion measures that prohibits the termination of a pregnancy after a fetal heartbeat is detected — is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and said she hopes to bring God back into the equation when it comes to solving political problems.
Mills, a mother of five, is married to Dr. Kendrick Mills, a cardiologist at Erlanger hospital. She graduated from Worcester City Hospital School of Nursing in 1979 and later received her bachelor's degree at Emmanuel College in Boston.
District 1 is considered wide open after the incumbent, Rep. Colton Moore, R-Trenton, announced he would not run for his District 1 seat again but instead will challenge Sen. Jeff Mullis for Georgia's District 53 Senate seat.
In September 2019, former Rep. John Deffenbaugh announced he was running again for the District 1 seat he held from 2013 to 2018. The district includes Dade and Walker counties.
"We will be going door to door to win this election," Mills said. "The voters are ready for a fresh start and I'm up for the challenge."
The general primary in Georgia is May 19.
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