G.G. Galloway announces he’s running for Congress in CD 6

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Real estate broker and small businessman G.G. Galloway announced on Thursday he will seek the 6th Congressional District seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis in 2016.

Galloway, co-owner of Coldwell Banker Commercial Benchmark and resident of Ormond Beach, laid out a platform in a release consistent with contemporary Republican values — as he put it, “fiscal responsibility, reining in federal overreach, and lowering taxes.”

The 61-year-old has never sought elected office before — a fact Galloway claims as a feather in his cap.

“I am not a career politician,” said Galloway in his kick-off announcement. “I have lived the American dream of building a business and raising a family, and now I want to work to make sure that same opportunity will be available for my children and grandchildren.”

Galloway also sounded some familiar notes regarding activist government and what he said were its deleterious effects on the economy.

“I know what it takes for an economy to grow,” said Galloway. “From Obamacare to needless and counterproductive EPA regulations, federal policies are crippling rather than supporting our free enterprise system.”

“I know firsthand that big government makes it harder to start and grow a business and support a family. We’ve got to expand economic opportunity by getting government out of the way and letting people keep more of what they work so hard to earn,” Galloway elaborated.

Galloway listed a panoply of civil and charitable groups he is or has been affiliated with, including the local Rotary Club, YMCA Board of Directors, Volusia County Association of Responsible Developers, Daytona Beach Association of Realtors and Team Volusia, the county’s economic development corporation.

Galloway played football at Clemson University, where he earned a degree in business and marketing. He briefly played with the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

Ryan Ray writes about campaigns and public policy in Tampa Bay and across the state. A contributor to FloridaPolitics.com and before that, The Florida Squeeze, he covers the Legislature as a member of the Florida Capitol Press Corps and has worked as a staffer on several campaigns. He can be reached at ryan@floridapolitics.com.