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State Rep. Zulma Lopez will not seek reelection

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State Rep. Zulma Lopez will not seek reelection

State Rep. Zulma Lopez

DeKalb County, GA — State Rep. Zulma Lopez is hanging it up after one term in office.

Lopez, who unseated Michele Henson from her House District 86 seat in 2020, announced her decision on Feb. 4. Henson had served in the state House since 1991.

She will finish out her current term.

Here is Lopez’s full announcement:

“After thoughtful consideration, I have made the difficult decision not to seek re-election to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2022. Serving Georgians and representing my House District 86 under the Gold Dome has truly been an honor and privilege.

“Since I first took office, I have deeply appreciated the chance to represent you. I am also grateful for the chance to serve on several crucial House committees, including the House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, where I was proud to establish the credibility and respect needed to be heard, thus allowing me to make bills better and less restrictive. During my service, I was also incredibly honored to cast my vote to repeal Georgia’s citizen’s arrest law, which was the highlight of my first legislative session.

“During my final legislative session, I am ready to meet the demands necessary to uphold our democratic values. As always, I will remain accessible to all of you. And, when my term ends before the 2023 legislative session, I will also be available to serve as a resource to our next representative. There are one million Latinos in Georgia which make up 10 percent of the state’s population, and I will continue to devote my time and energy to uplift the immigrant voices in our state. I look forward to watching diverse perspectives lead Georgia forward, and I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to represent and serve House District 86 at the Georgia State Capitol.”

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