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State Rep. Brenda Lopez Romero joins field vying for Woodall's 7th District seat

Lopez Romero joins a growing field of Democrats who want to replace retiring Republican incumbent Rob Woodall.

Democratic Georgia state Representative Brenda Lopez Romero announced her candidacy for the U.S. House 7th District seat Wednesday, which is currently held by Republican Rob Woodall

Woodall says he will be retiring once his current term ends in 2020. 

Lopez Romero, who represents Norcross in the State House, is joining an increasingly crowded Democratic field for the 7th District seat. 

She was the first Latina to be elected to the State Assembly and, if elected, would become the first person of Latin descent to represent Georgia in the U.S. House.

Ex-state Senator Carolyn Bourdeaux, who lost the 2018 election for the seat to Woodall by only 419 votes, has already announced she is running for the seat once again

In addition, former Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves says he is running, as well as local attorney Marqus Cole and political consultant Nabilah Islam. 

Credit: National Atlas of the United States / NationalAtlas.gov
Map of Georgia's 7th Congressional District since Jan. 2013

Local businessman David Kim, who ran against Bourdeaux for the Democratic nomination in 2018 is also expected to run again in 2020. 

On the Republican side, former Home Depot executive and political newcomer Lynne Homrich has launched a campaign in the 7th District.

The 7th Congressional District includes areas to the northeast and east of Atlanta, and covers parts of Gwinnett, Barrow, Walton and Newton counties.