After losing his first bid to enter into state politics, Holly Springs resident Scot Turner is returning to the political scene.
Turner, who challenged State Rep. Sean Jerguson (R-Holly Springs) in the July 31 Republican primary for the state House District 21 seat, has announced his plans to run for the same seat, which will be vacated by Jerguson as he will formally qualify to run for the Senate District 21 seat.
Turner said he had "one of the greatest opportunities" during the primary race was the chance to "listen to the concerns and issues that are important to the people of Cherokee County."
"I believe our message of restoring faith in government resonated with the voters,” he said. "I am now humbled and excited to have the opportunity to continue what we started just under one year ago. Given the opportunity to continue the fight to serve our area, I will again seek to earn your vote for the Georgia House of Representatives in District 21."
Jerguson defeated Turner with 58 percent of the vote for the Republican primary in the district, which covers Holly Springs, Hickory Flat, parts of Canton and southeast Cherokee County.
Turner's announcement comes on the heels of Jerguson announcing plans to run for the Senate District 21 seat, which is now vacant due to the abrupt resignation of former Senator Chip Rogers.
Turner during his primary campaign pledge to never accept a gift from a lobbyist or to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists or political action committees. He noted he plans to keep that same promise.
“I will fund my campaign only from people who live in Georgia and own businesses in Georgia," he said.
Turner works as the director of field services for Source Direct and has lived in Georgia since 1997.
He's also served in the United States Army Reserve.
Turner has served as precinct chair and member of the board of directors for the Cherokee County Republican Party. He's also served as sergeant-at-arms for both the sixth district and state Republican Party conventions.
He also help establish the social media efforts for the Canton Tea Party Patriots.
He and wife Kelly live in Holly Springs and have two children.