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4 Things You Should Know About Georgia's Anti-Trump Congressional Candidate

Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old Democrat, is running for Congress as the "anti-Trump" candidate in a special election for Georgia's 6th district. He's hoping to fill the seat of former House representative Tom Price, who left to become Trump's new Secretary of Health and Human Services. It's a traditionally red district but as ATTN:'s Ethan Simon has reported, it could be "one of the first real tests of whether the Democratic party can capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment." Ossoff's campaign pitch: Make Trump Furious. 

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Ossoff, who is running on protecting Medicaid and Medicare, fighting for Planned Parenthood, and pushing a healthcare policy that sounds similar to the Affordable Care Act, according to his website, will battle in a district that President Trump won by one percent.

Here are four things to know about Jon Ossoff:

1. He’s Fought Global Corruption and Sex Trafficking

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Ossoff is currently the CEO of Insight TWI, which produces award-winning documentaries that shine a light on underreported issues in Africa and South America, including one project about women once-captured by ISIS returning to the battlefield to take them on.

“Our team has taken down human traffickers, exposed dozens of corrupt officials around the world, and uncovered atrocities committed by ISIS in Iraq,” Ossoff wrote on his campaign.

2. He’s Been Compared to Han Solo, Sort Of

 

As a part of a $1.1 million media attack by a GOP super PAC, an ad was released that will run until the April 18 special election depicting Ossoff as an inexperienced, college kid that likes to dress up as Han Solo and have keg parties. The ad tried to undermine Ossoff’s years of experience as a senior national security staffer in Congress.

3. He Has the Support of Civil Rights Icon John Lewis

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Ossoff’s commitment to social justice was strengthened when he interned with Rep. John Lewis, who represents Georgia’s 5th district. He subsequently earned the congressman’s endorsement as a candidate.

A message from Lewis on Ossoff’s website reads:

“Jon is committed to progress and justice and he knows how to fight the good fight. We should unite behind Jon and send a clear message that Donald Trump doesn’t represent our values.”

4. He’s currently winning in a race of 18 candidates

Ossoff has polled as the front runner in the race as recently as this week, ahead of runner-up Republican Karen Handel who served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 2007 to 2010. Currently there are 10 other Republicans running for the seat, four other Democrats, and two Independents. However, Ossoff’s donation pitch to his supporters, “Make Trump Furious," seems to have helped him get millions of dollars in support.

ATTN: has reached out to Ossoff's campaign for a comment and will update the story as new information becomes available. 

Featured Image:AP Photo/John Bazemore, File