The Georgia congressional delegation currently boasts a trio of physicians — Tom Price, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey — within its ranks. Savannah surgeon Bob Johnson would like to make it a foursome.
Johnson, a Savannah head and neck cancer surgeon who has never held elected office, formally announced his candidacy Saturday morning for the 1st Congressional District seat, making him the fourth Republican candidate to enter the race that will determine the successor to outgoing incumbent Jack Kingston.
Johnson, 63, made his initial announcement in front of about 25 people at the Chatham County Republican Party’s monthly Second Saturday breakfast meeting at the CCRP’s headquarters on East 73rd Street, and then embarked on campaign stops in Savannah, Brunswick and St. Mary’s to close out his first day in the race.
Johnson joins state Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler), Isle of Hope native David Schwarz and Alma resident Darwin Carter in the race to succeed Kingston, who is leaving the House after 22 years to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Saxby Chambliss.