The first Cherokee County resident to throw his hat in the ring for the 11th District congressional seat is the latest candidate to enter the race to replace U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Marietta), who is resigning his seat to run for the Senate.
Larry Mrozinski, a retired U.S. Army colonel who lives in Woodstock, made his announcement to a crowd of supporters Saturday night at the historic Cherokee County Rock Barn.
He will run in the June 3, 2014, Republican primary on a ballot that already looks to include state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville), former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Smyrna, Georgia House Majority Whip Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead), Cobb’s Tricia Pridemore and Allan Levene.
A few key issues of Mrozinski’s campaign included term limits; to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, to secure the U.S. border, tax reform and a top-to-bottom review of the Veterans Administration.
“We want to ensure our veterans and their families receive the help they so justly deserve, “Mrozinski said.
Mrozinski said he served nearly three decades on active duty with the U.S. Army and is the son of an Army infantry sergeant and World War II prisoner of war.
The candidate served for more than three years as a senior military advisor in the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., under the leadership of Condoleezza Rice in the Office of International Organization Affairs; Peacekeeping, Sanctions and Counterterrorism, he said in his announcement.
Morzinski said he was intimately involved in the foreign policy challenges and threats that face the nation.
He said he was also knowledgeable on health care and transportation challenges at the national and state level.
“Difficult times call for tough leadership those who possess strength of character, personal integrity and a command of the issues, combined with a keen understanding and appreciation of the inherent trust bestowed upon those who are elected to represent the people of Georgia in the halls of the Congress of the United States,” Mrozinski said in his announcement. “We need leaders that will restore the greatness of America.”
Mrozinski said that too many sent to Washington do so only to enrich themselves, not to serve the citizens who elected them.
“I am announcing today that I will not accept congressional retirement as is the common practice with politicians,” he said. He said one in six lawmakers get six-figure pensions from taxpayers.
Mrozinski holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and health science and a master’s degree in international relations from Troy University.
He is the former Georgia GOP Veterans Outreach chair and served as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Mrozinski served in combat and hazardous duty assignments including: Desert Storm, Haiti, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Kuwait and NATO.
Mrozinski and his wife, Danelle have been married for almost 28 years.
He said that no one who resided in Cherokee County had been elected to the U. S. House of Representatives since Judge John Stephens Woods was elected in 1931.
Woods’ family at one time owned the property where the Rock Barn is located.