Michael Owens

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Michael Owens, past chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and cyber security expert, announced his bid for U.S. House of Representatives Monday morning. Owens will be challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. David Scott. 

In his announcement, Owens said, "The next member of Congress for Georgia's 13th must be a progressive leader that will advocate for bold policies that will better the lives every American." 

Georgia's 13th Congressional District includes portions of Clayton, Cobb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton and Henry counties. 

Owens challenged Scott in 2014, which was his first primary challenge since winning election in 2002. After his defeat, he went on to become the chairman of the Cobb County Democrats and is now leaning on his efforts and experiences to make his case as a candidate for office.

"I've spent years as an advocate and champion for affordable healthcare, economic mobility and empowerment," Owens said.

He also named closing the racial and gender wage gap in hopes of raising the minimum wage a top priority. 

The date has not yet been set for Georgia's 2020 primary where voters will cast primary ballots for president, senate, congress and many local offices as well. It is presumed the state will join other southern states in the “SEC Primary” on March 3, 2020.