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Another Republican is in the race to succeed Tom Price

Johns Creek councilman Bob Gray is joining the race to replace Rep. Tom Price.

The business executive is running as a "willing partner" with Donald Trump to represent the suburban Atlanta district, which stretches from east Cobb through north Fulton to north DeKalb.

"While the political elite is obsessed with serving their own interests, the American people are ready for business leaders who can deliver results in Washington," he said in a statement. "After being blessed with three decades of success in the private sector, I’m ready to serve my country and community in Congress.”

Several Democrats are already in the race for the conservative-leaning district, including former Congressional aide Jon Ossoff and two ex-lawmakers.

The Republican side has been slower to form, as candidates wait for Price's confirmation vote to be Trump's health secretary.

State Sen. Judson Hill is already in the contest. So is Mohammad Bhuiyan, a businessman who aims to be the first Muslim Republican in the U.S. House. And former Secretary of State Karen Handel, state Rep. Betty Price, former state Sen. Dan Moody and Bruce Levell, who headed Trump's diversity coalition, all are scouting bids.

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Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers the governor's office and state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.