Tricia PridemoreTrice Pridemore, who served until recently as a top economic development aide to Gov. Nathan Deal, will announce next week a bid for Georgia’s eleventh congressional district, the seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Phil Gingrey as he pursues a promotion to the Senate.

A well-regarded conservative activist who ran unsuccessfully for the state GOP chairmanship in 2011, Pridemore will launch her campaign Monday evening at a popular Marietta BBQ restaurant, according to an operative with knowledge of her plans. (Details of her announcement are available here.)

She will join an already crowded field featuring two prominent state lawmakers, House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, and Bob Barr, the on-again-off-again Republican who once represented a nearby-district a decade earlier.

CQ-Roll Call rated the suburban Atlanta district, which Gingrey has represented since 2003, as “safe Republican” in the last election.