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DALLAS – Former Paulding County Republican Party Chairman Joseph Gullett announced his candidacy for the Georgia State House. He will run in the Republican Primary election on May 22, 2018.

“When we look at the lack of conservative legislation being passed, it tells me we need someone who is a true workhorse for the people he serves,” said Gullett. “My obligation to the taxpayers and citizens of House District 19 will be to work endlessly on their behalf to reduce the size and scope of our government, protect our Constitutional rights, and improve our educational opportunities in Georgia.”

While in college, Joseph met his wife Jessica and together they have called Paulding County home. Joseph also began working for SunTrust as a student, and now manages multi-million projects that help the bank maintain federal regulatory requirements.

Joseph’s experience serving Paulding County began soon after moving here. “In the early 2000s, I found a passion for the growing FairTax movement. I’ve organized a number of events for supporters to find involvement, including a rally that drew participants all the way from North Carolina to Florida,” Gullett said.

Gullett is also an active Republican volunteer, having served in a variety of volunteer roles for national, state, and local campaigns. In 2011, his peers in the Paulding County Republican Party elected him Chairman. During his Chairmanship, Gullett helped oversee and coordinate the Back Pack Program, a local initiative that provides food to children who would otherwise go hungry on the weekends. Under Joseph’s leadership, the Paulding County GOP began awarding college scholarships to budding young conservatives in the community. Over $2,500 of privately raised funds were given to graduating Paulding County seniors.

“During my Chairmanship, I wanted Paulding County to see that Republicans believe in smaller government as both a governing principle and as a motivation to serve our community,” Gullett said. “As Chairman, I went to work for Paulding County in ways that I thought reflected that.”

Joseph helped found and grow Paulding Public Safety Appreciation, Inc. Joseph has been on the Board of Directors for PPSA since its inception and currently serves as President. During his presidency, the annual “Run with the Badges” 5K Glow Run was established. Since the organization was first formed, it has raised over $130,000, given out $70,000 in financial assistance, and exists solely to support and serve our law enforcement and first responders.

“The taxpayers and residents of District 19 are ready for more action from the State House,” says Gullett. “Social media has made the world a different place. Voters are more informed than ever before. They are able to communicate the needs they expect their elected officials to meet. I’ve worked tirelessly to meet those needs in the community, and I will continue to work tirelessly as their voice at the Gold Dome,” Gullett said. “I look forward to seeing my neighbors on the campaign trail, and cannot wait to show how much of a workhorse I can be on their behalf.

“We are going to do great things in the legislature. From tax reform to protecting the bedrock conservative values that make Paulding County great, I’m ready to work.”