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October 1--  A former Navy SEAL and U.S. Army Warrant Officer says he's planning to run in next year's Republican primary to represent the 156th District in the Georgia House of Representatives.

Since graduating from Vidalia High School in 1988, Lee Burton spent more than 20 years in the military with Navy deployments in support of the first gulf war in Iraq, SEAL operations in Yugoslavia, the Middle East and Africa, and Army deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq and duty in Israel.

"My whole point is I served you honorably overseas and now I'd like to serve you here," Burton says.

Burton would challenge Representative Greg Morris of Vidalia who is in his eighth term representing the 156th District in the Georgia House.  

{mosimage}After retiring from the military, Burton came home and starting getting involved with politics.  He was an alternate delegate to the 2012 National Republican Convention in Tampa where he met former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista. 

Burton is currently a vice-chair of the Toombs County Republican Party and represented the county at the state convention this year in Athens.  He's a member of the Georgia Tea Party.

"I just want to get in there and do my part and try to be a representative of the people, serve them honorably and stay in touch with them.  I didn't want to do anything larger than the district because this is right here where I live.  It's where my friends are and it's where my family has been.  I've come back, I love it here, and I want to do anything I can to make it better," he said.

Burton is a former Navy SEAL sniper instructor who says he's now taking aim at welfare fraud and job creation in rural Georgia.

"We have to do something with our welfare program that's going on in this state.  Hard working people are paying their money and they see abuses in the system.  Everybody wants help other people, but we'd rather see somebody get a ladder to climb instead of an elevator to ride.

"We've got to reduce unemployment here.  With the new Savannah port down here, it's the second largest exporting port in the country, and there's no reason we couldn't use that to get some jobs in this district.  We've got to do something with the taxes to give incentives for businesses to come in here and try to help us out," Burton said.