“Strong, proven leadership is essential in the challenging times we face today. North Georgia deserves a member of Congress who knows them, will represent their interests and knows how to take on the power structure–and win,” Stephens said in a written statement. “Given the opportunity to represent the 9th District, I will make sure that the voices of North Georgia are heard in the halls of Congress.”
Stephens said he has filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to establish a 2010 campaign committee. Deal, a nine-term lawmaker, is leaving the seat open to vie for governor.