The Cherokee tribune reports that, 53 year old Dwight Pullen Canton formally entered the race Thursday to fill the vacancy left by Barry Loudermilk’s resignation to run for Congress next year.

Pullen is a retired educator who served as principal of Teasley Middle School, Polaris Evening High School and Chapman Intermediate School in Cherokee County, as well as school superintendent of Chattooga County Schools from 2007 to 2011.

Pullen is quoted as saying,  “I have served over 30 years as a teacher, curriculum director, principal at three different levels, superintendent of schools, and assistant professor. I have spent my entire adult life preparing young people for the future.   Due to current economic conditions, it is imperative we work together to prepare the future for our young people.”

 His top issues are to promote jobs in the district, better funding for education, more choices for parents without using tax dollars to promote for-profit schools and equal accountability for all schools.

 Matt laughridge of Cartersville announced Friday his intentions to qualify for the post.  Bruce Thompson also of Cartersville was first to announce his plans to run for the office.