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Chapman to run for Congress

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State Rep. Jeff Chapman, a failed 2010 candidate for governor, took to Facebook late last night to announce he’d be joining an increasingly crowded field of Republicans vying to fill Rep. Jack Kingston’s shoes in Congress.

“It’s official, late this afternoon I filed the necessary paperwork to run for the first Congressional District seat that is being vacated by Jack Kingston who is a candidate for U.S. Senate,” the post read. “Your support is greatly appreciated!”

Chapman, formerly a state Senator prior to his bid for statewide office, joins state Senator Buddy Carter, former Kingston staffer David Schwarz, Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson, and perennial candidate Darwin Carter in the GOP primary.

His quixotic bid for governor saw him draw but 3 percent of the vote statewide, though he did win the counties encompassing what was his coastal Georgia district.

Chapman was subsequently elected to the state House in 2012.

-Brandon Howell