One of Paulding County’s newest State House seats could be occupied by a Paulding resident come January if voters support the new Republican candidate in the November general election.
Redistricting to include a southeastern portion of Paulding. Representing the district was Republican Bill Hembree of Winston. But Hembree is now set to seek the Senate District 30 seat vacated by Bill on the Coweta Judicial Circuit.
Hembree’s departure left a vacancy for Republicans to fill in the race for the House District 67 seat, which is also being pursued by Leigh Mcmutry, a Democrat from Winston; . But state GOP leaders have now named Micah Gravley as their replacement candidate for Hembree.
“I am extremely honored and deeply humbled to have received the nomination from the Executive Committee of the Georgia Republican Party to replace Rep. Bill Hembree as the Republican candidate for House District 67 in the Nov. 6 election,” Gravley wrote in a statement to Dallas-Hiram Patch early Thursday. “Heather and I are exceedingly grateful to have had the steadfast support of elected officials, and Republican leaders from both Douglas and Paulding Counties. Most importantly, we are thankful to our Lord Jesus, whose peace sustained us during this process as we trusted in Him. We are committed to working tirelessly for the citizens of Douglas and Paulding Counties.
“House District 67 is our home, and the home of our family. We are ready to get to work.”
Gravley, who resides in the Paulding portion of Douglasville and works as a consultant, is no stranger to Republican politics. He served as the Paulding chairman for the presidential campaigns of Mike Huckabee and McCain-Palin, and the county chairman for Saxby Chambliss’ 2008 Senate campaign. Recently, he was the West Georgia volunteer coordinator for Newt for President.
Gravley also has served in leadership roles in the Paulding County Republican Party and is the chairman of the county’s Austin Middle School voting precinct. He is the co-founder and president of Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Inc. and the co-founder of "We the People" of Paulding County.
Gravley’s bio is attached to this article.