Gingrey is running for the position held by retiring U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.).
Pridemore resigned her position as executive director of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development to run for the 11th Congressional District.
The MDJ asked if Deal would be helping with her campaign.
“Well, the Governor is a great man, and I’m blessed and fortunate that he let me resign my position to come and do this, but he’s going to be on the ballot in 2014, and so he’s got a race to run, and so do I, and I’m going to do everything I can to support him as well,” Pridemore said.
Speaking to her supporters in the packed restaurant, Pridemore said it would be a long campaign.
“This is going to be a 14-month campaign leading up to the Republican Primary, but I can tell you we are ready,” Pridemore said.
“We are so ready.”
The three candidates that have already announced for the 11th Congressional District are former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr of Smyrna, state Rep. Ed Lindsey (R-Buckhead) and state Sen. Barry Loudermilk (R-Cassville).
Former county chairman Earl Smith was among those who turned out to hear Pridemore’s announcement.
“If any person can do it she can do it,” Smith said. “No one will outwork Tricia Pridemore.”
Of the candidates that have announced, Smith said only two live in Cobb County.
“And we’ve got to have someone from Cobb County, and there’s no question in my mind which that someone of those two that’s announced needs to be,” Smith said.
Pridemore said she’s confident about raising the money needed to wage a successful campaign.
“The experts say it’s going to be between $1 million and $1.5 million to be able to run this race,” she said.
Comprehensive, not piecemeal, tax reform
She weighed in on the Marketplace Fairness Act that the U.S. Senate approved and that now goes to the U.S. House, saying there is a lot of mixed research about the legislation.
“I think what I’d rather see is a comprehensive tax reform top to bottom instead of singling out particular issues,” she said. “Let’s look at how we can truly create tax reform and put more of the hard earned money back in people’s pockets, that’s what I’d want.”
Pridemore also shared her thoughts on immigration reform as Congress once again debates that topic.
“The people that came here legally, there’s always an opportunity for them to be immigrants into the country,” Pridemore said. “But most importantly, it’s that people understand that until our borders are secure, no amount of immigration reform is really going to matter.”
While the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on the topic of marriage later this year, Pridemore said she believes marriage is between a man and a woman.
On the topic of abortion, some Republicans believe there should be instances, such as rape or incest, when abortion is permissible. Pridemore is not one of them.
“My husband was adopted as an infant, and he was born into a situation that wasn’t necessarily ideal, but he was adopted, and I met him in high school, and we started dating, and we’ve been together ever since,” she said. “I can’t imagine if his mother had made a different choice and that’s primarily why I’m a pro-life Republican.”
It’s about jobs
Pridemore said her platform will be about creating jobs.
“I’m the candidate in the race that has the experience of creating jobs in the private sector and in the public sector, and I’m going to take that experience to Washington,” she said. “Nobody is going to outwork me. It’s jobs, job creation. It’s improved economic environment. It’s time.”
Nearly two decades ago, she and her husband, Michael, started a marketing automation software company in the guest room of their home, growing the business into a multi-million dollar organization servicing some of the nation’s leading Fortune 500 companies.
“The climate that existed when my husband and I created a company, it’s just not the same, and I’d like to see that climate return again where every single American knows that they’ve got great opportunity and that there’s great potential, and that their best days are ahead of them,” she said.
Born in Hamilton, Ohio, Pridemore, age 41, moved with her family at age 10 to Orlando, Fla. She and her husband moved to Marietta in 1995.
In 2011, Pridemore challenged and lost to incumbent Sue Everhart for chairwoman of the Georgia GOP.
“Running for that state office was one of the best experiences of my life,” Pridemore said. “I met fabulous people all across the state. Made a lot of very good friends.”
Cobb Board of Education member Tim Stultz, who turned out to hear the announcement, said he is a supporter.
“I know Tricia is a very strong conservative, and that’s what we need in Congress right now,” Stultz said. “We need people who are in there who will balance our budget, who will cut our taxes, and who will help this country start moving forward out of this Obama Depression that we’re in.”
Superior Plumbing owner Jay Cunningham is another fan.
“I think it’s a point to say that we don’t have a lot of people that we trust, and I think Tricia is a person you can trust,” Cunningham said. “That’s why we need people up there in Washington you can trust as much as her. She will be perfect for the job.”