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Congressman Kingston runs for U.S. Senate

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Congressman Jack Kingston (GA-1) is making his rounds across Georgia kicking off his campaign for the U.S. Senate. He made is formal announcement in the CSRA on Friday at the Steak and Shake for the big announcement.

"I'm here to declare my candidacy," said Congressman Kingston.  

He officially announced Thursday in Savannah where he lives and serves in the southeastern part of the state. Representing the First District of Georgia, Congressman Kingston is already familiar with the CSRA and in his speech he emphasized his history of saving money, something he said he plans to continue.

"I have returned tax dollars to the treasury in un-used office expenses, over a million dollars. As Chairman of the Ag Appropriations Committee, I cut the budget 14 percent," said Congressman Kingston. 

So far, there are three candidates in the Senate race, all of whom are currently serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. 

"We have Congressman Kingston, Congressman Broun, and Congressman Phil Gingry," said Debbie McCord, Assistant Secretary of the Georgia Republican Party.  

Which means there will be House seats and a Senate seat to fill come 2014.

"It does raise a concern in that if we have too many of our senior House members jumping into a Senate race," said McCord. Currently, we have three open house seats because of the declared candidates."

"We will work closely with the new congressional delegation and I know there's a lot of talent out there so we will work with them," said Congressman Kingston.  

There is a lot of work ahead for Congressman Kingston and the other candidates running for a very competitive seat.

Congressman Kingston will be in Atlanta this weekend and will finish his kick-off tour in Athens.

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