Republican Doug Woodruff Launches Campaign For Georgia State House, District 2

Friday, November 8, 2013
Doug Woodruff
Doug Woodruff

Republican Doug Woodruff's campaign for election as State Representative in Georgia's House District 2 officially launched this week. House District 2 includes key portions of Catoosa, Walker and Whitfield Counties. 

Rep. Jay Neal, R-LaFayette, is stepping down as the District 2 representative after receiving an appointment from Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal as executive director of the state's Office of Transition, Support and Re-entry.

A special election will be held to fill the post. 

Mr. Woodruff enters the race "with a longstanding commitment to serving his community and its citizens." 

"I have a unique insight into the challenges which face each of us on a daily basis. This is so because as a local attorney I represent the little guy and not big business," said Mr. Woodruff. “I look forward to this wonderful opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships in District 2 while continuing my service to the local community in a new role as a representative for the people." 

Mr.  Woodruff, a long time conservative Republican, grew up in Center Grove near Rock Spring. He and his wife of 21 years, Terri (Waters) Woodruff, live in the Peavine/Burning Bush area. Ms. Woodruff is a masters-prepared pediatric nurse practitioner and leads the team of medical professionals in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hamilton Medical Center in Dalton. 

The Woodruffs are members of the Rock Spring United Methodist Church where he has been the church pianist for most of the last 28 years. Mr. Woodruff, who has long been active in the leadership of his church, has chaired the board of trustees on multiple occasions and will assume the role of chairman of the finance committee this coming January.

Mr. Woodruff said his experience makes him the ideal candidate for those he represents. He said, “I am a patient and caring listener, a thoughtful decision maker and a zealous advocate. I look forward to the opportunity to employ these skills on behalf of the citizens of District 2." 

Mr. Woodruff's career as a public servant extends back to the 1980s when he served as a volunteer firefighter while he was in school. He continued his long standing commitment to public safety work by joining the Walker County Sheriff's Department in 1990, first as a dispatcher and later as a deputy sheriff. In 1993 Mr. Woodruff moved to Athens, Ga., to attend the University of Georgia Law School, graduating in 1996. After admission to the state bar of Georgia he began his practice of law in LaFayette, later joining the district attorney's office as an assistant district attorney. 

Mr. Woodruff's service in law enforcement and as an attorney has deepened his commitment to protect the interests and rights of the individual citizens of the community, it was stated.

Mr. Woodruff received a bachelor's degree from Southern Adventist University, a master's degree from the Academy of Music in Vienna, Austria, and his juris doctor degree from the University of
Georgia School of Law. In 2011, his peers elected him to the Board of Governors of the
State Bar of Georgia, re-elected him in 2013, and he continues to serve on that governing body.

Terri and Doug Woodruff
Terri and Doug Woodruff


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