DALLAS – Paulding County businessman Martin Momtahan formally announced his intention to run for House District 17 in the Georgia House of Representatives. Momtahan’s announcement comes on the news that Rep. Howard Maxwell will not seek re-election to a ninth term.

“I have operated successful businesses in Paulding County for over a decade, and I know the burden that over-regulating bureaucrats add to how we work, where we live and how we provide for our families” Momtahan said. “The American dream doesn’t require a bureaucrat making sure you check every box, but it does require our elected officials to fight to protect our rights, our values, and our moral convictions.”

Momtahan said he intends to campaign on the issues of regulatory and tax reform, infrastructure investment, and defending the core conservative values that make Paulding County our home. He specifically wants to see a scale back to the growing number burdensome regulations that affect small businesses in the state, a gradual transition away from an income tax to a consumption based tax, and investment in roads, bridges and 21st century infrastructure that help move people, goods and data through Georgia. In the area of critical infrastructure investment from the state, he believes that Paulding County has been ignored for long enough.

“People who live in Paulding County want to have little to do with the bureaucrats working in downtown Atlanta. They want to be able to have a good job, provide for their family and raise their children with as little interference as possible from their government. It’s not in the American spirit to ask for permission to innovate or to become an entrepreneur, but the expanding bureaucracy is set on taking every opportunity away from the great, taxpaying citizens of Paulding.”

“I’m ready to run, and fight, for the hard-working people of District 17 who want to have their piece of the American dream,” Momtahan said.

Martin Momtahan is a successful businessman in Paulding County with over 30 employees at West Metro Driving School, which he has operated for the last 11 years. A graduate of Paulding County High School and Kennesaw State University, he has grown his business and family locally.

Martin has been married to his wife Stephanie for 9 years, and has two children. His parents have also lived in District 17 for the last 18 years.

Martin has been active in the community throughout his business and personal life, participating and donating annually in events that benefit local schools, the Paulding Education Foundation, Paulding Public Safety Appreciation Foundation and the Dallas Christmas Parade that supports local community initiatives and food banks.