The district covers Floyd, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Polk, Walker, Whitfield and part of Pickens counties.
The Fort Oglethorpe electrician is challenging U.S. Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ranger, who is listed as the incumbent because seven of the 12 counties are in his current district. Voting district maps were redrawn after the 2010 census takes effect this year.
The two candidates were unopposed in their party primaries, and Grant kept a relatively low profile until this month. His campaign submitted the following information as a press release:
Daniel “Danny” Grant was born in 1958, in Chattanooga, Tenn. His family moved to Dade County in Georgia when Danny was 11 years old, and he graduated from Dade County High School.
He then completed the IBEW electrical apprenticeship program and has been a licensed electrician for 32 years. Currently, he holds electrical contractor licenses in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama.
Danny married Jena Roberts in 1983 and moved to Ringgold in 1987.
They have eight children who all have attended school in Catoosa County. Five of their eight children have attended Dalton State College. The Grant family has been active in local churches and the community for the past 25 years.
As an electrician, Danny obtained his certification as a master instructor and trainer from the University of Tennessee system while teaching the apprenticeship program that he had originally attended.
“This is a unique opportunity to run in a new district, with 12 Northwest Georgia counties to represent, bring jobs and business opportunities to this 14th District.”
Danny, a husband, father, grandfather and a construction worker who has worked in the private sector for thirty-six years, is a Georgia Democrat who believes in Georgia values and making government work for the people.
“I am proud to be a candidate for the 14th Congressional District of Georgia.”
As of the most recent, July 11, finance reports, Grant has $41 cash in his campaign chest, and Graves had $261,111.
Voters must be registered by Oct. 9 to cast a ballot in the Nov. 6 general election.