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Rep. Mike Dudgeon Seeks Bid for Re-election

Rep. Dudgeon will be running for the newly numbered District 25, including much of South Forsyth and areas of Johns Creek.

Representative Mike Dudgeon announced earlier this month that he would be seeking reelection in the Georgia House of Representatives.

"It has been an honor to serve the citizens of Forsyth County in the legislature and I am excited about taking my experience back for a second term under the Gold Dome," said Dudgeon in a news release. "My background in technology and education has enabled me to work at the forefront of many of the major issues that face my fellow Georgians."

Due to the reapportionment process following the 2010 Census, Rep. Dudgeon will be running for the newly numbered District 25. This contains much of his old District 24, including almost all of south Forsyth County east of Georgia 400 and south of Highway 20. The new district also includes parts of Johns Creek in the Jones Bridge and Sargent Road areas.

"I hate to lose my constituents in West Forsyth, on the lake, and in the Windermere and Chattahoochee River Club neighborhoods, but I am excited to pick up parts of North Fulton where I go to church and help lead my sons in Boy Scouts," he said.

Rep. Dudgeon, who is a member of the House Education committee and vice chair of the Academic Achievement subcommittee, is also a member of the Energy, Utility, and Telecommunications committee and the Science and Technology committee.

He served as an active participant in the tax reform discussions and bills from both 2011 and 2012. In his freshman session he passed three major pieces of legislation, including repealing over 5000 words of top down mandates in K-12 state law and revising an obsolete formula that allocates almost half a billion dollars to low wealth school districts.

"I hope during a second term to be able to work on even more conservative legislation, including further tax reform, deregulation, and repeals," said Dudgeon. "We already have too many laws, and I want to get rid of them where I can."

Rep. Dudgeon lives in South Forsyth with his wife of almost 20 years, Lori, and his sons Brandon 17, Matthew 14, and Daniel 12. When not at the Gold Dome he is Vice President for Research at Hi-Rez Studios in Alpharetta.

For more information about Rep. Mike Dudgeon visit his Web site.

john w perry April 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
This man does not deserve another term. He is against any ethics reform. He told me he was losing money by serving in the legislature, therefore, it was ok to accept free dinners and gifts from the lobbiest to off-set his loss. I am sure there will be someone running against this person deserving our vote. I sure hope so!
Frank Biederer April 17, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Mike Dudgeon is a fine man, a genuine conservative, and someone who has served our community well. He has done the best job I have ever seen reaching out to constituents for direction, communicating what was going and what the issues were and why he was leaning voting a direction. He personally replies to your emails regarding issues or questions and puts out a great newsletter. He did this as a school board member as well. If he says he is losing money serving our community, I am pretty confident he is. Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.
Mike Dudgeon April 17, 2012 at 02:01 PM
I am certainly not against all ethics reform. I worked quite a bit at the capitol this term trying to find a bill that could get support, and lobbying for more money for the ethics commission. If people got the impression from me that losing money by being in the legislature meant I thought any particular ethics practice was OK I did a bad job of explaining myself. I had already started a column on my thoughts on ethics and reform well before this post and I plan on releasing it by Mid may at the latest.
charles b purcell April 17, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Mr. Dudgeon,I am a supporter of yours,but I too find your comment about losing money by serving being used as an excuse for accepting gifts from lobbyists troubling .Would you please clarify what impression you meant to convey by such comments.It shouldn't take until mid-May to quickly explain the gist of your intended point.
john w perry April 17, 2012 at 05:06 PM
More information from Mr. Dudgeon via our conversation at the Forsyth County Republican get-together at South Forsyth HS: He said if the lobbyists were limited to just 100 dollars for each event with a Rep. or Senator the lobbyist would just go underground with their acts and become criminals. Never once did he mention it would take two to tango. In other words, if the legislator says no, there is no crime. On another topic, Mr. Dudgeon, could you address your opinion of the Atlanta area legislators staying in Atlanta hotels while the legislature is in session as opposed to driving home each night? Many tax dollars are wasted on this practice. I have been told by a close friend that a legislator from Roswell stated that it was crazy to drive home at night when you could stay " for free" in Atlanta. Do you have a hotel room available in Atlanta "for free" or do you drive home? I look forward to your Ethics statement but would have wished that it had already been formulated and not have to wait until May to find out your position.
SOGTP April 17, 2012 at 08:10 PM
John and Charles - I was steeped in the ethics fracas this year as part of the state leadership of the tea party. Let me tell you there are big crime families at play here. You are worried about $100 or a hotel room, when millions of $$$ are funneled to districts around the state for gifts and favors. Take this TSPLOST thing for example. GDOT used to be the finest DOT in the United States until Sonny Perdue put crony politicians at the highest level. These crony's pushed millions to special interests and started so many projects, they now have no money or technically trained people to finish the work. This TSPLOST is nothing more than a slush fund. Money will be directed to crony's for promises of high paying jobs, campaign contributions, and other assorted activities. A concrete maker may promise a politician a favor and work a good contract for his region. The entire Obamacare Insurance Exchange nitwittery is nothing more than a bailout of insurance companies and legislators getting big dollars for jumping onboard. I know exactly what Mike Dudgeon is speaking of as we communicate often. The reason no ethics reform happened this week, is due to the simple fact the crime families downtown will figure out ways to get around silly rules, like $100 gifts, etc. The only meaningful ethics reform will be accomplished by slaying the beast that is the gub'mint. Cut off the dollars to the gub'mint and the crime families will go someplace else to steal.

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