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Dillard confirms bid for Congress
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IN BRIEF: Democratic candidate Courtney Dillard confirmed he would be running for the Fourth Congressional district after several months of an exploratory campaign. In a released statement, Dillard announced he would be making his official announcement on April 23.

"I want to be your new Congressman," he wrote in the statement. "In 2012 we have the opportunity to promote a new beginning, new purpose, new people and a new emerging congressional district in America... I believe we share the same values and desire many of the same qualities of life. That's why I'm stepping up to the challenge. Some of the brightest and the best people in Georgia live, work and do business in the fourth district."

Dillard previously ran for the Post II Commission seat in Rockdale County in 2010, winning the Democratic primary but losing the general election against incumbent Commissioner JaNice Van Ness, who received about 53 percent while Dillard received about 47 percent of the vote.

The official announcement will be held at Don Tellos Tex Mex Grill at 1432 Dogwood Drive SE on Monday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.