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Two North Georgia attorneys announce Georgia House bids
District 9 candidates
Steven Leibel, left and Zachary Tumlin, right.

Following an announcement that State Rep. Kevin Tanner (R-Dawsonville) will be seeking Georgia’s 9th Congressional district seat later this year, several individuals announced their candidacy for the Georgia House District 9 seat, which represents portions of Lumpkin, Dawson and Forsyth counties.

District 9 Candidates thus far include local attorneys Zachary Tumlin of Dahlonega and Steven Leibel of Lumpkin County.

Tumlin, operator of the Tumlin Law Group, announced in a press release on Thursday that he would be seeking election to the Georgia General Assembly, stating that it would be an honor to, “represent the conservative values of the good people of House District 9.

“I have been waiting on this opportunity my entire adult life,” Tumlin said in the release. “I am thankful for Rep. Tanner’s service to the community and wish him the best with his run for Congress.”

In addition to upholding the standard conservative line on issues like the second amendment, the right to life and the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Tumlin said that his election platform will focus on local issues such as the importance of transportation initiatives in northeast Georgia and funding treatment of mental health issues through accountability courts. 

According to the release, Tumlin studied law and politics at the University of Georgia and North Georgia College and state University. He currently operates law offices in Dawsonville and Dahlonega, and serves as the Governmental Affairs Chairman for the Dahlonega Lumpkin County Chamber of Commerce.

Similarly, in a video released on Thursday, Leibel announced that he too would be running for Tanner’s seat, wishing the State Rep. well in his congressional bid and contending that he would be a qualified candidate for the Georgia House seat.

Leibel could not be reached for comment by the Dawson County News on Friday afternoon, but said in the video that his Facebook page will soon have information on his positions regarding different issues.

“I ask for your vote. I will earn your vote and I will answer your questions,” Leibel said.

According to his website, Leibel has practiced personal injury law since 1988, is a graduate of the Queens College of the City University of New York and Emory Law School, has served as a municipal court judge and legal adviser to law enforcement officials, and currently serves as counsel to Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman.

Dawson County Board of Education Member Will Wade, another potential candidate who this week expressed interest in running for Tanner’s seat, said on Friday morning that he is still weighing his options and will likely announce his intentions in the coming weeks. 

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