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December 3--  The Savannah Morning News reports a fourth Republican plans to run for the 12th Congressional District seat currently held by incumbent Congressman John Barrow.

Attorney Maria Sheffield is the fourth Republican to say she’ll run in the redrawn congressional district represented by Savannah Democrat John Barrow.

“I stand as a true Reagan conservative,” Sheffield said Thursday in a prepared statement, “and will go to Congress as a conservative leader.”

The 37-year-old Mableton resident ran second last year in a nine-way race for the GOP nomination for state insurance commissioner.

The Republican-dominated legislature has shifted Barrow’s 12th District north and west out of his Democratic-leaning Chatham County base and deep into Republican friendly turf. Litigation is pending.

Sheffield announced her candidacy after saying recently she’d pray during November over whether to run. But she sounded like a candidate from day one, seeking in news releases to link Barrow to President Barack Obama, who polls show is unpopular in Georgia.

“Barrow has proudly proclaimed he is working ‘hand-in-hand’ with ... Obama,” Thursday’s statement said. “The taxpayers ... need a member of Congress who will work ‘hand-in-hand’ with them and against ... Obama’s efforts to destroy our free market economy ... .”

Barrow spokesman Peyton Bell said his boss had no comment.

Sheffield spokeswoman Kathryn Ballou said the candidate will move to Dexter in Laurens County, which is in the new district. Barrow has said he’ll move into the district but hasn’t indicated where.

Also running are state Rep. Lee Anderson of Grovetown, Augusta businessman Rick Allen and Evans attorney Wright McLeod.